David Shrigley

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David Shrigley
Born (1968-09-17) 17 September 1968 (age 46)
Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Nationality British
Education Leicester Polytechnic
Glasgow School of Art
Known for Drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, animation, music
Website
www.davidshrigley.com

David Shrigley (born 17 September 1968)[1] is a British visual artist. He lives and works in Glasgow.[2]

Early life[edit]

Shrigley was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, the younger of two children born to Rita (née Bowring) and Joseph Shrigley.[citation needed] He moved with his parents and sister to Oadby, Leicestershire when he was two years old.[3][4] He took the Art and Design Foundation course at the Leicester Polytechnic in 1987,[5][6] and then studied environmental art[3] at the Glasgow School of Art from 1988 to 1991.[1]

Work[edit]

Although Shrigley works in various media, he is best known for his mordantly humorous cartoons released in softcover books or postcard packs. He finds humour in flat depictions of the inconsequential, the unavailing, and the bizarre, although he is far fonder of violent or otherwise disquieting subject matter. His work has two of the characteristics often encountered in outsider art: an odd viewpoint and, in some of his work, a deliberately limited technique. His freehand line is often weak (which jars with his frequent use of a ruler), his forms are often very crude, and annotations in his drawings are poorly executed and frequently contain crossings-out. In authentic outsider art, the artist has no choice but to produce work in his or her own way, even if that work is unconventional in content and inept in execution. In contrast, it is likely that Shrigley has chosen his style and range of subject matter for comic effect.

As well as authoring several books, he directed the video for Blur's "Good Song" and also for Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's "Agnes, Queen of Sorrow". In 2005 designed a London Underground leaflet cover. Since 2005, he has contributed a cartoon for The Guardian '​s Weekend magazine every Saturday. Other projects have included the album Worried Noodles (Tom Lab, 2007) where musicians interpret his writings as lyrics, including collaborations by David Byrne, Hot Chip, and Franz Ferdinand.

Shrigley co-directed a film with director Chris Shepherd called Who I Am And What I Want, based on Shrigley's book of the same title.[7] Kevin Eldon voiced its main character, Pete.[7] Shrigley also produced a series of drawings and T-shirt designs for the 2006 Triptych festival, a Scottish music festival lasting for three to four days in three cities. He also designed twelve different covers for Deerhoof's 2007 record, Friend Opportunity.[8] In the same year he also designed the title sequence for the film Hallam Foe, as well as the drawings and the writing in Hallam's on-screen diaries.

Shrigley was nominated for the 2013 Turner Prize.[9] His Thumbs Up sculpture is expected to be installed on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth during 2016.[10] He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Leicester's De Montfort University in a ceremony on 17th July 2014.

Exhibitions[edit]

Recent notable solo exhibitions include Animate, The Turku art Museum, Finland (2011); Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (2010); New Powers, Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany (2009); David Shrigley, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2008); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2008); Everything Must Have a Name, Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden (2007) and David Shrigley, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland (2006).[2]

Shrigley is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London[11] and Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris.[12]

Jason Mraz took the name of his album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. from a work by Shrigley.[13]

Pinakothek der Moderne, München, Germany (2014)

Music[edit]

In 2006, Shrigley's first spoken-word album Shrigley Forced To Speak With Others was released by Azuli Records. In October 2007, Tomlab released Worried Noodles, a double-CD of artists including David Byrne, Islands, Liars, Grizzly Bear, Mount Eerie, R. Stevie Moore and Final Fantasy putting Shrigley's 2005 book of the same name to music. Moore went on to record an entire album of new songs set to Shrigley's Worried Noodles lyrics called Shrigley Field.

His spoken-word readings are used on the Late Night Tales series of recordings, with a track from Shrigley closing each album.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

2013

  • BQ, Berlin

2012

2010

2009

  • Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz

2008

  • Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  • BQ, Cologne
  • Anton Kern Gallery, NYC
  • The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
  • CASM, Barcelona

2007

  • CAB, Burgos, Spain
  • Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
  • Malmö Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden
  • Stephen Friedman, London

2006

2005

  • BQ Galerie, Cologne
  • Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
  • Anton Kern Gallery, New York

2004

  • Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
  • Stephen Friedman, London
  • Francesca Pia, Bern

2003

2002

2001

  • Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
  • CCS Museum, Bard College, New York
  • Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

2000

  • Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

1999

  • Francesca Pia, Bern
  • Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
  • Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

1998

  • Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
  • Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam
  • Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

1997

  • Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee
  • CCA, Glasgow
  • Francesca Pia, Bern
  • Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
  • Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
  • Photographers’ Gallery, London

1996

1995

  • Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

Publications[edit]

2014

  • Weak Messages Create Bad Situations: A Manifesto By David Shrigley, Canongate Books

2012

  • How Are You Feeling?: At the Centre of the Inside of the Human Brain's Mind, Canongate Books
  • David Shrigley: Pass the Spoon: A Sort-of-Opera About Cookery with David Fennessy and Nicholas Bone, Hayward Gallery Publishing
  • What The Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley, W. W. Norton & Company
  • David Shrigley: Brain Activity, Hayward Gallery Publishing

2009

2008

  • Hand, BQ, Cologne
  • Grip, Redstone Press (new edition)

2007

  • The Boom of Shrigley, Redstone Press/Chronicle
  • Ants Have Sex In Your Beer, Redstone Press/Chronicle

2006

  • This Is A Paper Trinket For You To Wear, Bywater Bros. Editions, Toronto
  • Worried Noodles (The Empty Sleeve), Tomlab, Cologne

2005

  • Photographs With Text, BQ, Cologne
  • The Book of Shrigley, Redsone Press/ Chronicle Books

2004

  • Blocked Path, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
  • Let’s Wrestle, Redstone Press, London
  • Rules, Redstone Press, London (book of postcards)
  • Kill Your Pets, Redstone Press, London
  • Kill Your Pets, Revolver, Frankfurt
  • Joy, Chronicle Books, San Francisco

2003

  • Yellow Bird With Worm, Kunsthaus Zurich
  • Who I Am And What I Want, Redstone Press, London
  • Leotard, BQ, Cologne
  • Joy, Redstone Press, London (book of postcards)
  • Evil Thoughts, Chronicle Books, San Francisco (book of postcards)

2002

  • Human Achievement, Redstone Press, London
  • Evil Thoughts, Redstone Press, London (book of postcards)

2001

  • Do Not Bend, Redstone Press, London

2000

  • Grip, Pocketbooks, Edinburgh
  • Hard Work, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

1999

  • The Beast is Near, Redstone Press, London
  • Fel, Rudins, Sweden (Swedish translation of Err)

1998

  • Why We Got The Sack From The Museum with Will Self, Redstone Press, London
  • To Make Meringue You Must Beat The Egg Whites Until They Look Like This, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
  • Centre Parting, The Little Cockroach Press, Toronto
  • Blank Page and Other Pages, The Modern Institute, Glasgow

1996

  • Drawings Done Whilst On Phone To Idiot, The Armpit Press, Glasgow
  • Err (New Writing), Bookworks, London
  • Let Not These Shadows Fall Upon Thee, Tramway, Glasgow

1995

  • Enquire Within, Armpit Press, Glasgow

1994

  • Blanket Of Filth, The Armpit Press, Glasgow

1992

  • Merry Eczema, Black Rose, Glasgow

1991

  • Slug Trails, Black Rose, Glasgow

Contributions[edit]

2008 Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CURRICULM VITAE DAVID SHRIGLEY". David Shrigley. 
  2. ^ a b David Shrigley - Arms Fayre, 8 February 2012 - 10 March 2012. Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
  3. ^ a b Gatti, Tom (4 March 2009). "David Shrigley: the joker with a deadly punchline". The Times. Archived from the original on 2009. 
  4. ^ Ramaswamy, Chitra (12 April 2010). "Interview: David Shrigley, artist". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 2010. 
  5. ^ Fisher, Glenn (2005). "What’s with all the Funny Stuff?". David Shrigley. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Bill Kenny, 2003". David Shrigley. 2003. 
  7. ^ a b "Films : Who I Am and What I Want". animate!. 2005. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Turner prize 2013: who gets your vote? | Art and design | theguardian.com". theguardian.com. 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/b331eccc-8fe7-11e3-aee9-00144feab7de.html#axzz2svxCWwNj
  11. ^ "David Shrigley". Stephen Friedman Gallery. 
  12. ^ "David Shrigley". Yvon Lambert Gallery. 
  13. ^ Blair, Tom (November 2008). San Diego Magazine. CurtCo/SDM LLC. p. 46. 
  14. ^ [2][dead link]

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