George Grie

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George Grie
George Grie portrait.jpg
photographed on MS Navigator of the Seas October 2012.
Born Yuri Gribanovski
Nationality Canadian
Known for Digital Art
Movement Surrealism
Final Frontier Voyager (2005).
Flying-Dutchman (2006).
Ice Age Premonition (2007).
Omnipresence (2014)

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 arttendencies.

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 the 1990's, 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. His works presented in the State Russian Museum and in private collections in America, Finland, Canada, Russia, and UK.

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. George was working there together with renown North American illustrator Oleg Lipchenko and San Base. 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 - His creations have been featured in many worlds’ publications such as a Canadian high-school textbook "Art Works",[1] Illustrated History textbook (Denmark),[2] French school textbook,[3] and University of Washington magazine.[4]

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[5]


  • 2014 Infinite Improbability: the best of George Grie, surreal art imagery[6]
  • 2014 Surreal Fantasy Artworks: Neo-surrealism or Final Frontier Voyager [7]

Work used by publishers[edit]

  • 2010 Essay "The Known World" by Rob Dunn University of Washington Conservation Magazine, USA
  • 2011 "Bowlby's Battle for Round Earth" by Frederick Leonhardt,[8] USA
  • 2011 "Art Works" Textbook Emond Montgomery Publications, Canada
  • 2012 "Haunting Goth" book cover, The Sounds of the Uncanny University of Wales Press by Isabella van Elferen,[9] UK
  • 2013 Illustrated History Textbook, Bonnier Publications, Denmark
  • 2017 Bloggers 5ème Textbook, DIFUSION-EMDL Publications, France

Artworks used by recording artists[edit]

Cover art for the music related projects



  1. ^ Markus; et al. (2011), Art Works, Canada: Emond Montgomery Publications, ISBN 978-1-55239-320-8 
  2. ^ Illustrated History (in Danish), Denmark: Bonnier Publications, 2013, ISBN 978-82-535-3170-0 
  3. ^ Bloggers 5ème (in French), France: DIFUSION-EMDL, 2017 
  4. ^ Rob Dunn (2010), The Known World, USA: University of Washington Conservation Magazine 
  5. ^ "NeoSurrealist Art, Biography, Interview". 
  6. ^ George Grie (2014). "Surreal Artist, Artwork Book". USA: LuLu. 
  7. ^ George Grie (2014). "Art Books by George Grie on Amazon". USA: CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1463576394. 
  8. ^ Bowlby's Battle for Round Earth, ISBN 1604819111 
  9. ^ The Sounds of the Uncanny, ISBN 0708325130 
  10. ^ "Arc Angel". 
  11. ^ "Good to Go". 
  12. ^ "I am the revolution". 
  13. ^ "Winterburst". 
  14. ^ "Letters from Utopia". 
  15. ^ "Winter in Eden". 
  • Mikkola, Jari (2009). "The Art of George Grie". The Journal of Anomalous Sciences. 10. 

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