David Grieve has been painting with oils for most of his life. He was first introduced to the medium by his mother. Together, they attended a Wednesday afternoon painting group in St. George, Ontario beginning when David was just age 7. He fondly remembers his first introduction to oils, particularly the slow drying quality of the paint and the intoxicating aroma in the studio.
While attending the University of Guelph, David was eager to explore a variety of media, but found it difficult to get the brush out of his hand. He was the recipient of the Micheal Scotchmere Scholarship and had his first solo exhibition while in Guelph.
David has explored themes of time and aging in still life and now has carried over these explorations into landscape. David often focuses on a solitary tree, just before it looses its leaves. He loves the vibrant autumn colours of the leaves with a backdrop of the various crops in the field.
David often finds himself lost trying to navigate a route towards a destination. He takes photos along the way and then uses these images to produce his painitngs. With a multi-layered technique, he applies thick swaths of paint creating a translation of these moments. He loves the feeling of being lost in the texture of the paint. After many years of painting, David has developed a unique, distinctive style. His paintings have been showcased in commercial as well as public galleries across Canada and the U.S.A.
Together with his wife and three sons, David divides his time between their home/studio in Brantford, Ontario and the family cabin on Jack Lake in North Kawartha.
Bachelor of Education, Artist in the Community, Queen’s University Kingston ON, 1995
Honours Bachelor of Arts, Visual art major, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, 1994
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