David Shrigley

David Shrigley

British
b. 1968
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Overview

British artist David Shrigley is best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions.

British artist David Shrigley is best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions.

David Shrigley was born in 1968 in Macclesfield, UK. He lives and works in Brighton, UK.

Shrigley’s quick-witted drawings and hand-rendered texts are typically deadpan in their humour and reveal chance utterings like snippets of over-heard conversations. Recurring themes and thoughts pervade his storytelling, 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, Shrigley also works across an extensive range of media including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, painting, photography and music. Shrigley consistently seeks to widen his audience by operating outside the gallery sphere, including producing artist publications and creating collaborative music projects.

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, rendered in 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.

Selected Artworks

David Shrigley

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Art Basel Hong Kong Online Viewing Room
Art fairs
18–25 March 2020

Art Basel Hong Kong

Online Viewing Room
Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to announce its participation in Art Basel’s first edition of Online Viewing Rooms, a new digital platform designed to connect galleries and collectors from around the world....
David Shrigley's flag replaces the EU flag at City Hall
News
31 January 2020

David Shrigley's flag replaces the EU flag at City Hall

The EU flag at City Hall was taken down to mark the arrival of Brexit on Friday 31 January and replaced by David Shrigley's 'London is Open' flag. 'It is more important...
David Shrigley features in ‘Dog Show’
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18 July 2019

David Shrigley features in ‘Dog Show’

For 'Dog Show', 14 cultured pooches who live with a variety of artists and curators have been invited to select their top dog-related artworks, with a little help from their human companions....
Southwark Park Galleries, London, UK
The Armory Show
Art fairs
7–10 March 2019

The Armory Show

Stephen Friedman Gallery returns to The Armory Show after a sixteen year hiatus. On Pier 94 Booth 500, the gallery presents a selection of artists including Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Denzil...
New York, Pier 94, 500
Frieze London David Shrigley
Art fairs
4–7 October 2018

Frieze London

David Shrigley
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce a solo presentation of new and recent work by British artist David Shrigley at Frieze London 2018. The artist is best known for his satirical...
London, C09
Art Basel
Art fairs
14–17 June 2018

Art Basel

For Art Basel 2018 Stephen Friedman Gallery will present a specially curated stand that explores figuration. This will include work by Mamma Andersson, Lisa Brice, Andreas Eriksson, David Shrigley, Jiro Takamatsu, Kehinde...
Basel, K4, Hall 2.1
Frieze New York
Art fairs
3–6 May 2018

Frieze New York

For Frieze New York 2018 Stephen Friedman Gallery presents a selection of works by Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Manuel Espinosa, Wayne Gonzales, Yinka Shonibare MBE, David Shrigley, Kehinde Wiley and Luiz...
New York, A25
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
1–4 December 2016

Art Basel Miami Beach

Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. We will be showing works by the artists below, alongside a spotlight presentation of Manuel Espinosa as part of...
Florida, E4, Hall C
SP-Arte
Art fairs
7–10 April 2016

SP-Arte

Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of work by David Shrigley at SP-Arte 2016. SP-Arte, the leading art fair in Latin America will return for its 12th edition. The...
São Paulo, Brazil, H4
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
3–6 December 2015

Art Basel Miami Beach

Stephen Friedman Gallery is participating in Art Basel Miami Beach. Preview Wednesday 2 December. Exhibiting artists include: Mamma Andersson Juan Araujo Tonico Lemos Auad Stephan Balkenhol Huma Bhabha Melvin Edwards Andreas Eriksson...
Florida, E4, Hall C

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