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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EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), UCT Michaelis School of
Fine Art, University of Cape Town

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
Sketches for the Cathedral of Johannesburg, HAZARD
Gallery, Johannesburg
Snake Man, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town
1969, Grande Provance Gallery, Franschoek
VICTOR VICTOR, Brundyn +, Cape Town

PUBLIC COMISSIONS:
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Spier Arts Trust, Stellenbosch
Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Cape Town

AWARDS:
Rupert Foundation Social Impact Arts Prize
Rhodes Scholarship Finalist
Golden Key Chapter Award for Visual Art
Humanities Faculty Deans List
Irma Stern Scholarship
Barbara Fairhead Prize for Social Responsibility in Art
Humanities Faculty Scholarship
Gold Medal Fine Art Foundation Course

RESIDENCIES:
Hazard Gallery Artist in Residence, Johannesburg
St. Moritz Art Academy, St. Moritz, Switzerland

ART FAIRS:
Art Joburg, SMITH Gallery Booth
Latitudes Art Fair, Strauss & Co Booth
SculptX, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg
Cape Town Art Fair, 50ty/50ty Booth
Joburg Art Fair, 50ty/50ty Booth

CURATORIAL PROJECTS: Not My War Exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
Spier Light Art Festival, Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Materiality, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Social Impact Exhibition, Rupert Museum, Stellenbosch
Spier Light Art Festival, Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Salad, Smith Gallery, Cape Town
Cape Town Salon, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
Words, Curated by Willem Boshoff, Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
Bring Your Own Beamer IV, Gallery Momo, Cape Town
1k – 4.0, 1k – 5.0, 1k – 6.0, City Guns, Cape Town
From Whence They Came, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town
Kindergeburtsdag 2016, Bottrop, Germany
Best in Store, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town
Nevermind the M*ss, A Space, Helsinki
Current, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town
Not From Here, 70 Juta Street, Johannesburg
Kindergeburtstag 2015, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
Parliament, Roeland Street Studios, Cape Town2013 Un-bound, Franschoek Literary Festival, Franschoek
Our Fathers, , AVA Gallery, Cape Town
Amani Festival for Peace Visual Art Exhibition, Look-out Hill, Khayelitscha
Time In Our Hands, Clock Tower Precinct, Cape Town
Materiality – Ways of Seeing, ORE Gallery, Cape Town
Undiscovered Undergrad, Vansa Gallery, Cape Town

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Dias Ramos, A. 2015. ‘Imageless in Angola – Appropriating Photography’. Object 17: Graduate Research and Reviews in the History of Art and Visual Culture. Pgs 77-99. Available from: <http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472890> [15 December 2015].
Corrigall, M. 2012. ‘ The Silent War’. 20 July 2012. Incorrigible Corrigall: Blog. Available from: <http://corrigall.blogspot.co.za/2012/07/the-silent-war.html#more> [24 November 2015].
Cowie, A-R. 2013. ‘Featured: David Brits.’ 17 July 2013. Between 10 and 5: Blog. Available from: <http://10and5.com/2013/07/17/featured-david-brits/> [24 November 2015].
Davis, R. 2012. ‘Whose war was it anyway?’ 9 July 2012. The Daily Maverick: Blog. Available from: <http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2012-07-09-whose-war-was-it-anyway#.VlSBx64rJPM> [24 November 2015].
Pinto, G. 2015. ‘Embracing Inheritance: Snake Man by David Brits’. 19 November 2015. Between 10 and 5: Blog. Available from: <http://10and5.com/2015/11/19/embracing-inheritance-snake-man-by-david-brits/> [24 November 2015].Rossouw, C. 2015, ‘Art exhibition sheds light on eccentric snake man’, Business Day 23 November. Available from <http://www.bdlive.co.za/life/entertainment/2015/11/23/art-exhibition-sheds-light-on-an-eccentric-snake-man>. [24 November 2015].


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David Brits alongside Ouroboros 1.3.1 installed at the Melrose Arch Precinct, Johannesburg.