David Brits is a multi-medium, interdisciplinary artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Born Cape Town in 1987, Brits graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (Painting), UCT in 2010, and has a background in audiovisual and photographic archiving.
Brits has been named a “rising star of the South African art scene” by Conde Nast House and Garden, and was recently chosen as a “young artist to watch” by the South African Art Times. Brits works across a diverse range of media, including printmaking, drawing, painting and sculpture. As an artist, Brits explores what it means to be a young white man living in South Africa today. His work addresses themes that include masculinity, the military, ancestry, and pre-democratic South African history.
Brits made his curatorial debut with Not My War, an exhibition held at the Michaelis Galleries, UCT. This acclaimed show brought together works by significant South African artists that have reflected on their country’s involvement in border wars in Northern Namibia and Southern Angola during the 1960s to 1980s.
In 2014 Brits was awarded a residency at the St. Moritz Art Academy, St. Moritz, Switzerland, where he was mentored by Marcel van Eden and Daniele Buetti. Recent group shows include Words at the Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, Nevermind the M*ss at A SPACE, Helsinki, Cape Town and Kindergeburtstag 2015, held at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. His first solo show, VICTOR VICTOR was held at Brundyn+ in 2011, followed by, 1969 at Grande Provance Gallery, Franschoek, in 2013. At the end of that year, having never sailed before, Brits boarded a small yacht with two other sailors and crossed the Atlantic Ocean. The crew sailed from Cape Town to St Martin, a small island in the Caribbean – a journey of 43 days and 6000 nautical miles. Snake Man, his third solo show, was held at SMITH Gallery in 2015, followed by Sketches for the Cathedral of Johannesburg, held at HAZARD Gallery, Johannesburg, in 2016.
He currently works from his studio in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town.EDUCATION: 2007 – 2010 Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2016 Sketches for the Cathedral of Johannesburg, HAZARD Gallery, Johannesburg 2015 Snake Man, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town 2013 1969, Grande Provance Gallery, Franschoek 2011 VICTOR VICTOR, Brundyn +, Cape Town SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2017 Salad, Smith Gallery, Cape Town 2017 Cape Town Salon, AVA Gallery, Cape Town 2017 Words, Curated by Willem Boshoff, Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg 2016 Bring Your Own Beamer IV, Gallery Momo, Cape Town 2016 1k – 4.0, 1k – 5.0, 1k – 6.0, City Guns, Cape Town 2016 From Whence They Came, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town 2016 Kindergeburtsdag 2016, Wallmannstr.