David Grieve


David Grieve finds inspiration for his work while walking along pathways through protected natural areas.


Recalling the sense of tranquil beauty, he says "The path itself is like a metaphor for life.  It is a journey from beginning to end, with ups and downs and twists along the way.  The sun shines brightly through the open spaces in the canopy of trees while, in other areas, long dark shadows are cast on the pathway.  One thing is certain – the end of the path opens into an expansive field, akin to Heaven as our journey of life inevitably comes to an end."


The landscape paintings often focus on one solitary tree standing alone in an open space.  His technique of cropping sections allows the observer to focus more carefully on one area without taking the entire piece for granted.  The use of rich, organic autumn colours represent the maturity of the tree in the cycle of life, providing the observer with a strong sense of change as the landscapes changes and decays.  The beauty found in aspects of time and change is the ever present them underlying the paintings he creates.

Biography
As a child, David Grieve would accompany his mother to her group oil painting classes and at the young age of nine, created his first oil painting and a love of creating that blossomed throughout his adolescence.

David studied Fine Arts at the University of Guelph, receiving the Michael  Scotchmer scholarship.  While a student, he displayed his work in the Zavitz Gallery in Guelph, receiving positive reviews and an opportunity to encounter and connect with collectors.

Surrounded by trees and fields, David’s home studio in Brantford, Ontario keeps him close to his wife and three sons.

Education
1995         Bachelor of Education,  Artist in the Community, Queen’s University, Kingston ON
1994         Honours Bachelor of Arts, Visual Art major, University of Guelph, Guelph ON

Solo Exhibitions
2006     “Trees N Fields”, Funf Gallery, Westmount, QC,
2005      “Rust”, Terase, Thornbury, ON
2002      “Xscape”, Terase, Thornbury, ON
2002      “Drawn to Painting”, Robert Langen Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
1999      “Still Life Games”, Simcoe Gallery, Toronto
1999      “A Walk on a Path”, Kent Farndale Gallery, Port Perry, ON
1994      “Recent Work”, Zavitz Gallery, Guelph, ON
Group Exhibitions
2006               “City Field North Shore”, Niagara Gallery, Toronto
1997 - 2006    “Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition”, Toronto
2006               “Art Expo”, Manhattan, NY
2004 - 2006    “Toronto Art Expo”, Toronto
2004               “Art Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA
2003               “Affordable Art Fair”, Manhattan, NY
2002               “Arrested Object”, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford, ON,
1999               “Ontario Landscapes”, Simcoe Gallery, Toronto
1999               “Animal Acts”, Simcoe Gallery, Toronto
1998               “Juried Exhibition”, Glenhyrst Art Gallery - Brantford, ON

Collections
MAXXCOM Corporation, Toronto, ON
BKDI Architects, Calgary, AB
IN SYNC Market Research, Toronto, ON
Magnotta Winery, Woodbridge, ON

Bibliography
November 15, 2001        Elizabeth Yates, “A Fruitful Career”, The Expositor,
January 2, 2000              Angela Forgeron. “Coloured By Monet”, National Post,
January 2000                  Toronto Arts, Rogers Cable Toronto

Awards
1998                  Juror’s Award, Glenhyrst, Art Gallery
1993                  Michael Scotchmer Scholarship, University of Guelph
1989 & 1990        Year 4 & 5 Art Award, Pauline Johnson Collegiate