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|Birth name||Yuri Georgevich Gribanovski|
May 14, 1962 |
One of the first digital surrealism artists, Grie is known for numerous 3D, 2D, and matte painting images. Born in the USSR during the Soviet regime (aka Russian: Джордж Грие or Юрий Грибановский) he did not adopt the conventional and politically correct socialist realism art style.
Grie's artistic style has been heavily influenced by famous surrealists such as René Magritte and Salvador Dalí, fantastic realists Zdzisław Beksiński and Wojciech Siudmak, and surreal photomanipulation artist Jerry Uelsmann. His neo-surrealist artwork is a combination of classic surrealist symbolism with modern fantasy, gothic, and visionary art tendencies.
The artist's digital neo-surrealistic artworks are an extraordinary visual record of his conceptual thoughts, philosophic views, fantasies[disambiguation needed], and dreams. Often journeying into the subconscious, Grie's photo-realistic artwork shows a magical, playful, and dream-like world laced with detail. Supernatural illusions[disambiguation needed], mystic romanticism, spiritual magic and gothic overtones are all intertwined in his virtual world. The end result on the viewer’s side is not always comfortable or conventional: there is a great deal of tension and alienation, yet not without an underlying tranquility, in the strange events taking place in the landscape of his imagination.
Life and work
George Grie had received a classical art education in various fine arts institutions before he started his career as a professional fine art painter and graphic artist. Use of a photo realistic technique giving a firm contrast between the light source and dark tonality, which can be seen in his early paintings, gives his artworks a graphical appearance. Grie's artworks are full of strong and powerful images which rely on a visual impact. They are about capturing visual paradoxes: sometimes they would depict calm and contemplative moments, like solitude or melancholy. There is a stillness in his themes conveying a sense of inner-reflection and self-observation. The artist’s admiration for photography is the reason why Grie has shifted his artistic preferences from traditional fine art towards computer digital art. His previous experience and classical painting education gave him a complete freedom of both self-expression and self-exploration as an artist. He became a professional multimedia graphic design artist and joined the IBM Corporation as a lead new-media specialist. Today, his prime interest lies within contemporary 2D & 3D graphic design software, 3D models and their applications. In 2002 he initiated a creation of a popular digital art-related web portal - Interartcenter.net. George Grie resides with his family in Toronto, Canada.
The new form of digital art was born without pompous manifestations and noisy commercials. Some of us still consider digital and 3d art as something mechanical and artificial, something that is in some way out of human touch. This could not be more wrong. Computers don’t make art, people do. Computers are merely creative tools – much sophisticated ones. Once you try them, you will never give up moving forward. There might be just one tiny annoying obstacle between you and your perfect design – lack of imagination.—George Grie, Biography & Art Statement
- Mistral gallery, London
- Artnova gallery, Stockholm
- Cinema House gallery, Saint-Petersburg
- Artson gallery, Helsinki
- Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF)
- Artfocus – Canada's indoor art event Toronto
- Pixel Perfect: The Digital Fine Art Exhibition, Agora gallery New York
- Contemporary Art London, New York, Toronto, Art Fair
Work used by recording artists
- Voyager, I am the revolution, The Meaning of I 
- Lalo Huber, Lost in Kali Yuga 
- Winterburst, Winterburst, The Mind Cave 
- Kayak, Letters from Utopia
- Dawn of Destiny, Rebellion In Heaven
- Sunroad, Flying n’ Floating 
- Gert Emmens, A Boy's World 
- Winter in Eden, At the end of the world 
- Endoras, The Dark Legacy 
- Gianfranco Biagini, Project Morfeo
- Mario Massi, Uncle Myros Flying Circus
- Ffrench, Patrick (1997). "'Tel Quel' and Surrealism: A Re-evaluation". The Romanic Review 88.
- "U.S. and Canadian Dissertations, Surrealisms Aesthetic Turn: Memory and Visual Culture". The Art Bulletin 89. 2007.
- Mikkola, Jari (2009). "The Art of George Grie". The Journal of Anomalous Sciences 10.
- Markus et al.. "Art Works". Emond Montgomery Publications, 2011 (Hardcover, ISBN 978-1-55239-320-8)
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