Shrigley has developed a cult following for his stripped back, darkly humorous and deliberately crude drawings that explore existential dramas, human dysfunction and anxiety. The artist's omnipresent sense of humour lies at the heart of these works, which are manifest in tragicomic narratives that reflect on the banality and absurdity of everyday life and objects.
As English art critic Adrian Searle has noted, ‘Shrigley's work is very wrong and very bad in all sorts of ways. It is also ubiquitous and compelling. There are lots of artists who, furrowing their brows and trying to convince us of their seriousness, aren't half as profound or compelling.'
The exhibition runs from 14 November 2014 until 1 March 2015.
On Saturday 15 November 2014 at 2:30pm David Shrigley will take part in an artist talk and book signing at NGV.