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George Grie Biography

George Grie (aka Yuri Gribanovski) was born 1962 in USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) city of Omsk. He graduated from an Art School (1975-1979) and the State Pedagogical University (1979-1985) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art Education. From the very onset of his professional career it had become very obvious that the traditionally accepted and politically bound routes of the socialistic-realism art style adopted by many of his peers would never be the path to follow. Instead, he chose to explore a more complicated and demanding adventure of innovative neo-surrealistic painting wherein clear, concise yardsticks of competence, draughtsmanship and mastery can be tangibly measured and artistically appreciated.

George Grie 2003 3D artist photo biography
As a result, his endeavours within a relatively short career (1985-1995) of fine-art painting period have brought considerable success. He was a frequent participant of group exhibitions of the ECHO (experimental art association), and the TOWER, which functioned in Omsk during the perestroika years - from 1985 to 1989. He was friends with Manager from a legendary Russian punk-rock band Civil Defense. In the beginning of 1990th George lived and worked in St. Petersburg, Russia where he had been an active member of the Pushkinskaya 10 (art-center). 10 Pushkinskaya Street, this address was an abandoned, rundown building on downtown’s Pushkin Street of St. Petersburg where independent artists, musicians and other figures of the underground culture were squatting the house. He met there many well-known later artists and musicians such as Sergey Kuryokhin, Yuri Shevchuk, and Boris Grebenshchikov, etc. George had his fine-art surrealist shows in several European capitals such as London, Stockholm, St-Petersburg, and Helsinki.

Grie's paintings exhibit strong and powerful images that draw their energy from a visual impact. They are about capturing visual paradoxes; sometimes they would depict calm and contemplative moments, solitude, and melancholy. The stillness in his themes is an encouragement for introspection and self-observation. George Grie uses a photo realistic distinction technique which gives a stark contrast between the light source and the often-dark tonality found in his early paintings.

In late 1990th George Grie makes a life-altering decision to transform his artistic career when he settles in Toronto, Canada and studies the latest computer techniques in Digital Media Studio. He changed, shortened his last name to a more fitting for Canada’s English-French form, and started using his middle name as a given name. He became a professional Multimedia Graphic Designer and joins the IBM Corporation (2000-2006) as a lead new media specialist. George was working there together with renowned North American illustrator Oleg Lipchenko and pioneering generative artist San Base. In early 2010th Grie has moved to live in Florida USA.

George Grie 3D artist photo biography
His prime interest now is in contemporary 3D modeling software and their applications. A phase of a complete freedom of self-expression comes to play: the possibility of utilizing and combining his previous fine-art experience and classical painting education with the new digital projects becomes both realistic and fulfilling. His latest digital neo-surrealistic artworks employ a vast array of extraordinarily photo-realistic visual records of his conceptual thoughts, philosophic views, fantasies, and dreams. His popularity came from the spread of the Internet. George does not generality participate in solo or group exhibitors. His reproductions have been distributed widely by art related websites and neo-surrealism enthusiasts. However, he considers his art rather a personal hobby then a professional occupation. Grie's works portray magical and playful, dream-like world which invites you to a pilgrimage into your subconscious. Supernatural illusions, mystic romanticism, spiritual magic, and delusional trance are all intertwined in his virtual worlds. These worlds are far from being conventional or comfortable. There is a great deal of both tension and tranquility to it, and it requires a significant inner work to walk through this controversy. But it is a price you pay for taking up a journey into the landscape of imagination of this versatile and talented artist.

Grie’s artworks have been published in various magazines and books. His pictures are illustrating Canadian high-school textbook Art Works, Illustrated History textbook (Denmark), French school textbook Bloggers 5ème, and University of Washington magazine. An artwork Dreamscape has been featured in Cognitive Science Journal, London University. Among other are the church of Brazil journal, the Norway’s opera house, and many more.

His surreal compositions are extremely popular among recording artists. More than 50 vinyl and CD album covers have been exhibiting his creations. London Symphony Orchestra, Uriah Heep legend Ken Hensley & Live Fire, rock icon Jeff Cannata’s (Arc Angel). George’s imagery illustrates several projects of Magellan; the band enlists a number of well-known musicians, such as Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Joey Franco (Twisted Sister), Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, and Pink Floyd) as well as Keith Howland, Lee Loughnane, Robert Lamm from the band Chicago, and many others.*

(Rus) Краткая биография Джорж Грие
*Text editor Olga Grie
George Grie Torono 2010

Art Statement:

I’m confident that the new graphic technologies unlocked endless potentials to creative individuals. The graphic capabilities of some contemporary 3d&2d applications are far outside of common human comprehension. The sky is the limit today to exercise your imagination, intelligence, and ambitions.

Everything is possible – has to be a motto of today and the future digital artists. I’m trying to prove that in every one of my humble creations. Digital art applications give you the never-ending combinations of texture, renderings, settings of lightings, hue, saturation, and shape deformations which bring you the sensation of full liberty and control of reality. There are no more hours of a laborious painting routine. There is no more boring drafting. Everything is an instant and under the tips of your flying fingers. There is only one chilling obstacle between you and your dare creation – lack of imagination.

The new form of art - digital art was born without pompous manifestations and noisy announcements. Some of us still consider digital painting and 3-dimensional art as something mechanical and artificial, something that in some way is out of human touch. Nothing could be more wrong. Computers don’t make art, people do. Computers are creative tools only, the sophisticated ones. The minute you try them you will never look back, you will never give up moving forward. It’s a fresh creative drug of a new generation of artists. It’s an addiction with no cure. It is a curse you can’t get rid of. It’s your blessing destiny.

George Grie, comments Sept 20, 2003


I am writing this to answer your potential inquiries about sources of my art inspiration and some of my works' subject matters.

Generally, new picture's concepts might come from anywhere: curious window views, fantastic movie scenes, or routine commercial media visuals. The ideas are in the air, they are all over the place. Usually, future compositions come as a vague visualization of something amusingly nonstandard, something you might define as extraordinary and/or out of the ordinary. Normally, the first impression transforms considerably by the end of creative process. Sometimes I am surprised to see results of my original thoughts.

In the majority of my artworks, I am trying to merge real world images with subconscious emotions and philosophical thoughts. Many of my creations are similar to mental puzzles where you can take a trip from one point to the very end by analyzing symbolic objects laying around. Occasionally, image subject matters are unclear when the path is hidden under layers of mutually excepted items. Sometimes, a picture could appear almost abstract and meaningless but there is always something for you to discover.

I do not force my comprehension of a picture or push philosophical opinion about it on viewers. I only hint them by image titles. You are free absolutely to interpret or translate my artwork contents the way that is close to you only. My view or even existence should not bother you. It is actually, entirely your job to build picture concepts based on your personal knowledge, world perception, preferences, and sensitivity.

George Grie, September 20, 2003

Tools of trade

Digital artworks were created by using a variety of software tools. Here's the short list of the most used ones:
3D Studio MAX, Developer: AUTODESK Highly customizable and scalable 3D animation, modeling and rendering solution for creative professionals and large-scale pipelines for games, design visualizations, film & television.
Adobe Photoshop, a graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems. It is the current market leader for commercial bitmap design.
Terragen, Landscape generator with controllable parameters that allow extremely varied terrain shapes and photorealistic rendering.
Poser, Developer: Curious Labs Inc. Poser is the 3D figure design tool for artists, illustrators and animators that enables you to easily create 3D figures from ready-to-use human and animal models.
DAZ3D, DAZ Studio - Pose, animate, and render 3D Models in your own 3D Studio.
Adobe Illustrator, As a vector-based drawing program Adobe Illustrator has nowadays become the standard tool for illustration design.
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