A self-portrait of dada artist David Griffin

David Griffin is an artist, designer and illustrator. Originally from Indiana, David now travels around the United States with his wife.

The dream like qualities of the Dadaist and surrealist movements have always interested him. He enjoys the bizarre juxtapositions created by repurposing and rearranging images through collage and is never without his sketch book, where all his images begin their journeys.

How did you first get into digital art?

I first got into ‘digital’ art when I started scanning in drawings and photos for my band in the mid ’90s to use on our website. Over the years i started learning more things and how to do basic stuff with Photoshop, etc.; I just started using these tools more often.

Why did you choose digital art as your medium?

I do a lot of my stuff digitally these days. It is easier for me, since I don’t often have much physical space to work in that the more traditional mediums require. The freedom of what can be done in the digital space is pretty rad.

What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?

Definitely the Dadaist movement and surrealism.

What inspires you?

The endlessly creative spark within human beings and the drive towards a better world.

Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?

Love. Life. Mystery.

Name three artists who inspire you.

Marcel Duchamp, Robert Desnos and lately I have been really digging the works of Remedios Varo.

What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?

Sketchbook (always!). MacBook. iPhone.

And finally, which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?

Almost all of my stuff is made using as much free software as possible. I do just about everything in GIMP and don’t really miss Photoshop.

Where to find David’s work online

Instagram Ello Tumblr

Thank you for sharing your insights and artwork, David!