George Grie

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George Grie
Born Yuri Georgevich Gribanovski
Nationality Canadian
Known for Digital Art
Movement Surrealism
Flying-Dutchman (2006).
Ice Age Premonition (2007).
Shiva the Destroyer (2006).
Mermaid Syndrom (2006).

George Grie (born 1962) is a Russian-Canadian artist.

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, 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, 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[edit]

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. In 1990th George lived and worked in St. Petersburg where he had been an active member of the Pushkinskaya, 10 (art-center) and met many well-known artists and musicians such as Sergey Kuryokhin, Yuri Shevchuk, and Boris Grebenshchikov.

Grie's artworks are full of strong and powerful images which rely on a visual impact. 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. 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 - 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[1]

Art Books[edit]

  • 2014 Infinite Improbability: the best of George Grie, surreal art imagery, Hardcover, 45 Pages, USA [2]
  • 2014 Surreal Fantasy Artworks: Neo-surrealism or Final Frontier Voyager, Paperback, 120 Pages, ISBN 978-1463576394, USA [3]

Work used by publishers[edit]


Artworks used by recording artists[edit]

Cover art for some of music related published products


  • Mikkola, Jari (2009). "The Art of George Grie". The Journal of Anomalous Sciences 10. 
  • George Grie "Surreal Fantasy Artworks: Neo-surrealism or Final Frontier Voyager". InterArtCenter, 2014 (Paperback, ISBN 978-1-46357-639-4)
  • Markus et al.. "Art Works". Emond Montgomery Publications, 2011 (Hardcover, ISBN 978-1-55239-320-8)

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