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David Giffey

Life With Art

​My first public mural on the wall of a Chicano pool hall c. 1972

​Player* - 1978 - Acrylic - 32" X 46"

Brahma (NFS) - 1975 - Acrylic - 42" X 36"

​Deer Park* - 1978 - Acrylic on Canvas - 42" X 34"

Peninsula* - 1975 - Acrylic - 44.5" X 56"

​Pavilion* - 1976 - Acrylic on Canvas - 42.5" X 24.5"

Triptych (NFS) - 1975 - Acrylic on Canvas - 44" X 18"

Swans* - 1974 - Acrylic - 48" X 72"

Bike Race* - 1974 - Acrylic on Canvas - 48" X 38"

Castle* - 1973 - Acrylic on Canvas - 40" X 28"

​Fairgrounds* - 1972 - Acrylic on Canvas - 38" X 47"

An art student told me: “If I painted things like that, they’d kick me out of art school.”

​Early Work* 1970s

    My earliest paintings, hundreds of them, were vividly colored fantasy landscapes populated with icon-like people, animals and symbols. For many years I sold these canvasses, beginning at $2 each, as a street vendor in Austin, Texas.
    I also experimented with ink drawings and occasional mural projects. I chose to live modestly, like many artists who choose a lifestyle which supports their work, rather than a lifestyle that requires a certain income.