David Shrigley is best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. His quick-witted drawings and hand-rendered texts are typically deadpan in their humour and reveal chance utterings like snippets of over-heard conversations. Reoccurring themes and thoughts pervade his story telling capturing child-like views of the world, the perspective of aliens and monsters or the compulsive habits of an eavesdropper shouting out loud. While drawing is at the centre of his practice, the artist also works across an extensive range of media including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, painting, photography and music. Shrigley consistently seeks to widen his public by operating frequently outside the gallery sphere such as in prolific artist publications and collaborative music projects. In 2012 he co-authored a ‘sort-of-opera' titled ‘Pass the Spoon', and more recently he transformed the Gallery at Sketch café in London as part of a long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants.
His digital animations such as ‘Headless Drummer' and ‘The Artist' demonstrate what Shrigley calls ‘the economy of telling stories', delivering a deftly crafted mix of dark and light through the simplest of forms. In his sculptural works that explore materials such as bronze and ceramic, the artist makes physical some of his more curious and eccentric propositions by transforming found objects or by playing with their scale. Taking Lewis Carroll's perspective of Wonderland, Shrigley enlarges objects and imbues them with curious proportions.
In September 2016, David Shrigley's ‘Really Good' will be unveiled in Trafalgar Square, for the Fourth Plinth Commission. The artist also currently has an on-going presentation in the Gallery at Sketch café in London as part of a long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants. Shrigley was a Turner Prize nominee in 2013, following his major mid-career retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London entitled ‘Brain Activity'.
In 2016 David Shrigley will present a solo exhibition at Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA. Recent solo exhibitions include; ‘David Shrigley', Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland, New Zealand (2015); ‘David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2014-2015); ‘David Shrigley', Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2014); ‘Brain Activity', Hayward Gallery, London touring to to Yerba Beuna Centre for the Arts, San Francisco, USA (2013); ‘How Are You Feeling?', Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK (2012-2013); ‘Arms Fayre', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2012); ‘Drawings', Mumbai Art Rooms, Mumbai, India (2012); ‘Animate', Turku Art Museum, Finland (2011) and ‘David Shrigley', Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2009).
David Shrigley will be included in Toulouse International Art Festival, Toulouse, France in 2016. Other recent group exhibitions include ‘Takashi Murakami's Superflat Collection', Yokohama Museum of Art Japan (2016); ‘Seeing Round Corners', Turner Contemporary, Margate, England (2016); ‘Drawing Now: 2015', The Albertina, Vienna, Austria (2015); ‘Eyes on the Prize', The Travelling Gallery in association with Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland (2015); ‘Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Tokyo Station Gallery, Japan; touring to Itami City Museum of Art & The Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, Japan; The Museum of Art, Kochi; Japan and Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan(2014-15).
Shrigley's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Tate, London; and The British Council, London.