David Brits completed a BFA (Painting) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2010. Equally energised by material exploration and archival investigation, Brits’ compelling practice spans public sculpture, printmaking, drawing and film. Recent major public sculpture commissions include the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and the Speir arts Trust. Brits is the winner of the Rupert Foundation’s inaugural Social Impact Arts Prize and a recipient of the Babarah Fairhead Award for Social Responsibility in Art. His sculptural work is the culmination of three years of vigorous material exploration and prototyping using advanced composite materials, such as carbon fibre together with innovative technologies such as 3D design and 3D printing. Such materials are generally used in automotive, marine and aeronautical industries, rendering them non-traditional within the conventions of fine arts. Carbon fibre is a product of recent advances in material technology and when combined with a plastic resin, it becomes eleven times stronger than steel.