David Griggs has lived and worked in Colorado for over 35 years.

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Who I am

David Griggs is a Denver-based artist who has completed over 60 commissioned works of art throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts. He has worked in many capacities in the arts, including gallery manager, museum preparator, and studio artist. For the last 30 years he has been self-employed as a Public Artist, designing and building work for Percent For Art, Public Art, and Private commissions. Recent commissions include projects for Anchorage, Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Madison, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Stockton, Toronto, and Washington. Increasingly he has become involved in projects that require not only designing and building Public Art, but also Public Art planning, strategizing and advocacy. Griggs lives and works with his wife Stella in a 140-year-old building in Denver’s burgeoning Santa Fe Arts District.

What I do

ArtistPic-David-GriggsPrimarily a designer of site-responsive Public Art, Griggs has participated in over 15 Master Planning and Design Team projects, including the Team for Hope, Arkansas, President Bill Clinton’s birthplace. Griggs’ work is site-integrated, an approach that utilizes the ability of a site to compliment a work of art both in meaning and in impact. This includes work specific to the architecture and other formal elements of the site, or responsive to other factors, whether they are social, cultural, environmental or historical. At the core of his work is a playful regard for formal qualities, an appreciation for function, and an awareness of social context. His work embraces the character of a situation and embodies the spirit of a site. While engaging the viewer with physical and formal elements, his work aspires for that act of recognition when truth is found in humor, when identity and meaning are found in metaphor.