David Spriggs

presented by Philippe Demers

David Spriggs is currently is based in Montreal. He was born in 1978 in Manchester, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1992. He has recently exhibited work at the Prague Biennial, the Louis Vuitton Gallery in Macau, and at the Sharjah Biennal in the UAE. Spriggs’ exhibitions in Canada include shows at Galerie de l’UQAM, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Rodman Hall Arts Centre. His work is in the permanent collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Quebec. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. He undertook student residencies at Central St. Martins College of Art in London, England and the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany.

The work of David Spriggs lies in a space between the 2 and 3 dimensions. In his unique installations, he explores the representation and strategies of power, the symbolism of colour, the metaphor of transparency, and the thresholds of form and perception. His unique installations use a technique he developed in 1999 using multiple painted layered transparent images in space to create unique 3D ephemeral like forms. For Spriggs, transparency, whether optical or metaphorical, is the key to understanding the intricate relationship between vision and power. He uses transparency both as the subject and as the medium for his art. The subjects depicted in his work also relate to the breakdown and recreation of form and volume – as seen through his interest in cyclones, explosions, and forces.


Jeune entrepreneur, Philippe Demers a complété des études en production culturelle en 2010 à l’UQAM et poursuit actuellement une maîtrise au HEC en management des entreprises culturelles.
Il est co-fondateur et directeur général de MASSIVart, une OBNL de diffusion artistique active à Montréal depuis 2009. Il est l’initiateur du rassemblement créatif annuel Chromatic, une vitrine sur le talent Montréalais qui s’exportera à l’international en 2014.