Keen observation, street-inspired energy and thoughtful visual language characterise the Spanish artist, David Oliver, known as Grip Face. His practice encompasses different media, from intimate works on paper to textured sculptures and public space interventions, each offering highly personal meditations on our everyday with an attractive blend of colour, abstraction and clearly recognisable forms.
Grip Face started drawing as a child. He was attracted to the graffiti, street signs and architecture of his neighbourhood and soon began experimenting with different art forms. Anime, fanzines, 80s punk and 90s underground art from the USA have all impacted on his style, while facial features, masks and hair are recurring motifs. Similarly to a screen that repeats staggeringly an “error” message in fivefold overlapping windows, Grip Face’s painting provides a playful space full of layers within which one may dissect the concerns of an impatient generation, hungry for information. He has held solo shows in Vienna, Madrid, Paris, Taipei and his work has also been exhibited in centres such as Solo Museum Collection, Fundación Pilar y Joan Miró Mallorca.