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In a mass-produced culture held together by feed after feed of advertising, self praise, critique and a solid amount of bad energy. Is painting still a bourgeoisie sport? Is painting just as superficial and as irrelevant as an Instagram models fan base? Probably!
However when we take away the hype, the idea of the celebrity painter and think for one minute about what painting means we can still find that the physical act of painting is still a primal need. Is this primal need to paint important? Yes!
To communicate, to distract, to create beauty, to express pain, to make marks, to be back in the cave, to live by a mantra that repeats like a breath reminding us we are here. Am I just writing all this to make my own painting practice seem more interesting than other painter’s practices? Yes!
Because I normally bring marks and paint together. Now I can make sentences that might be as special as the shit I paint. People reading my special words will be wowed and understand my paintings, then beauty and good energy will flow through these peoples veins. And blah, in truth this painting show of mine is just that. A painting show, I make paintings.
Why not? I need to!
I do not know!
I do not think about it! I’m a painter so I paint. Oh, and about the paintings? The process is life, fluid, good vibes. I paint nothing and in painting nothing, I paint everything lol. I do hope you enjoy these paintings because my internal world is all there to be seen.
– David Griggs