DAVID BRITS  

David Brits is an award-winning social impact artist whose compelling métier is dedicated to investigations in public-scale sculpture. Equally energised by material exploration and archival investigation, Brits’ practice spans installation, print-making, drawing and film. 


Recent major public sculpture commissions include the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, the Spier Arts Trust and the Iziko South African National Gallery.

Brits is the winner of the Rupert Foundation’s inaugural Social Impact Arts Prize and a recipient of the Barbara Fairhead Award for Social Responsibility in Art.


Current:

16 June — 31 July 2021
Tears Become Rain: Social Impact Arts Prize film launch & immersive exhibition — Latitudes Online  

Current:
Red Edge (Ouroboros 1.3.1) Public Sculpture installed at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.



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Red Edge (Ouroboros 1.3.1)
2020
Carbon fibre, fibreglass, resin, epoxy, polyethelene foam, quartz crystals, pigment.
311 x 183 x 98cm

Public sculpture installed at the Iziko South African National Gallery.

This sculptural work is the culmination of three years of vigorous material exploration and prototyping using advanced composite materials, such as carbon fibre together with innovative technologies such as 3D design and 3D printing. Such materials are generally used in automotive, marine and aeronautical industries, rendering them non-traditional within the conventions of fine arts.

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︎ Public Sculpture


Sinusoidal Nebulous VII
2021
Fibre Glass, Aluminum, Resin, Paint.  Dimentions
55 x 40 x 35cm

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︎ Sculpture


Artefact of Perception I
2017
Carbon Fibre, 3D Printed ABS, Resin.
25 x 20 x 31cm


An early alchemical ouroboros illustration with the words ἓν τὸ πᾶν ("The All is One") From the work of Cleopatra the Alchemist (Greco-Roman Egypt).

︎Carbon Fibre Sculpture



Red Edge (Ouroboros 1.2.1) 2019
Polyethene Foam, Glass Fibre, Resin, Quartz Chrystals, Pigment.
98 x 69 x 65cm

Public sculpture installed at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation near Masiphumalele, Cape Town. 

Red Edge (Ouroboros 1.2.1) is comprised of an unfolding series of dynamic curves that urge the spectator onward to a new and different viewpoint until a circuit is completed. The form embodies the patterns that govern both the human body and the natural world - simultaneously evoking the symbolic AIDS ribbon and the double-helix structure of DNA.
︎ Public Sculpture



Sinusoidal Nebulous VIII
2021
Carbon Fibre, Aluminum, Resin.  
50 x 33 x 38cm

Famously, in the late 19th Century the German organic chemist August Kekulé had a dream of a snake biting its tail. He described this as the eureka moment when, after decades dedicated to working out the structure of hydrocarbons, the shape of the snake biting its tail in a dream provided a crucial clue to deciphering the molecular structure of benzine. Benzine has a C6 structure, one closely linked to the C4 molecular structure of carbon fibre, the material in which these sculptures are made.

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︎Carbon Fibre Sculpture