Distinct in his flat and exaggerated drawing style, artist and illustrator David Shrigley explores the bizarre elements of everyday life and social interaction. His practice frames narrations of the adult world from a childlike perspective, featuring a sarcastic sense of humour tied together in a dramatic black and white colour scheme. Intent on widening his audience and methods of storytelling, Shrigley has widened his practice to include sculpture, text, painting, music and animation. For this he was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2013 following his solo exhibition ‘Brain Activity’ at Hayward Gallery, London (2012). The interactive installation piece humorously examines the human condition through sculpture and drawing posed as a life drawing class for the public to participate.
Since then, Shrigley has been awarded the 2020 awarded decoration of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). His works are held in several international collections including New York, Australia, Denmark, Austria and Germany with selected solo and group exhibitions include ‘Animals in Art’, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark (2020-1), ‘Exhibition of Inflatable Swan Things and Other Things’, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark (2019), and the Fourth Plinth Commission, The Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (2013).
Selected Courtesy of the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.