David Brits

  • Snakes and Ladders, 2015, Indian Ink on Fabriano Rosaspina, 100 x 70cm
  • Skin Abstract III - Gila Monster, 2015, Indian Ink on Fabriano Rosaspina, 100 x 70cm
  • The Handler IX, 2015, Indian Ink on Fabriano Rosaspina, 100 x 70cm
  • Snake Abstract 2.2, 2015, Linocut on Zerkall Litho, 55 x 38cm, Edition 6 + 1AP
  • Snake Abstract 3.5, 2015, Linocut on Zerkall Litho, 76 x 55cm, Edition 6 + 1AP
  • Snake Abstract 3.2, 2015, Linocut on Zerkall Litho, 76 x 55cm, Edition 6 + 1AP
  • Sloughs I, 2015, Offset Lithograph on Archival, 100 x 68cm, Edition 6 + 1AP
  • Sloughs II, 2015, Offset Lithograph on Archival, 100 x 68cm, Edition 6 + 1AP
  • Sloughs III, 2015, Offset Lithograph on Archival, 100 x 68cm, Edition 6 + 1AP

David Brits was born in Cape Town in 1987, and grew up in a 265 year old Cape Dutch Homestead that has been in his family – the de Stadlers – for 7 generations. He graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, in 2010 and has a background in audiovisual and photographic archiving as well as graphic design. Brits is a practicing artist.

Working across a diverse range of media, including printmaking, drawing and painting, as an artist Brits explores what it means to be a young white man living in South Africa today. His work draws predominantly from found archival images sourced from second-hand books, family photographs and the internet, addressing themes that include masculinity, the military, 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 who have reflected on their country’s involvement in border wars in Northern Namibia and Southern Angola during the 1960s to 1980s.

In 2014 he was awarded a residency at the St. Moritz Art Academy, St. Moritz, Switzerland, and was mentored by Marcel van Eden and Daniele Buetti. Recent group shows include Current at SMITH in Cape Town, Not From Here, 70 Juta Street, Johannesburg, 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, Franschhoek, 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.

Brits had a memorial exhibition in January 2016 at SMITH entitled 'Snake Man'.