Untitled (I Am Listening) (2020)
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Shrigley's distinctive drawing style imbued with dry humour cuts to the point of human nature, making satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. Recurring themes 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. His simple, verging-on-juvenile drawings annotated with his distinctive scrawling handwriting hold up a sardonic mirror which somehow generates flashes of profound clarity.
David Shrigley was born in 1968 in Macclesfield, UK. He is now based in Brighton, England. Shrigley's hilarious and disturbing doodles, sculptures, and anecdotes depict the world as an absurd place. He embraces the paranoias, obsessions (stalking is a favourite theme), insecurities, moral conundrums, preoccupations, and anxieties of everyday life. Everyone is fair game for his humour, from the British Royal Family to his peers in the art world. From the childlike renderings and messy handwriting of his drawings to the spontaneous "public" projects documented in photographs and his playful sculptures, his work is anti-monumental and whimsical, but inherently sincere.
Selected solo exhibitions include: ‘Kindness: Prints & Drawings by David Shrigley', Newstead Abbey Historic House & Gardens, Nottinghamshire, UK (2019); ‘Do it (do not do it)', Museo de arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2019); ‘David Shrigley: To Be of Use', Art Omi, Ghent, New York, USA (2019); ‘Exhibition of Inflatable Swan Things and Other Things', Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark (2019); ‘Fluff War', Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2019); ‘Exhibition of Inflatable Swan Things', Spritmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden (2018-2019); ‘David Shrigley', Two Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand (2019); ‘Laughterhouse', Deste Foundation Project Space, Greece (2018); ‘Life Model II', Fabrica, Brighton, UK (2018); ‘Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA (2016); ‘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).