David Shrigley

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David Shrigley
Born (1968-09-17) 17 September 1968 (age 47)
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]


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's mascot Kingsley in George Square, Glasgow

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 at a ceremony on 17 July 2014.

In 2015, he designed "Kingsley", a mascot for Scottish football team Partick Thistle as part of a sponsorship deal. The mascot's design was criticised by some, with Scottish Buzzfeed reporter Jamie Ross describing it as "based on every nightmare I had as a child."[11][12][13][14]


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[15] and Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris.[16]

Jason Mraz took the name of his album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. from a work by Shrigley.[17]

Pinakothek der Moderne, München, Germany (2014)


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: David Shrigley series of recordings, with a track from Shrigley closing each album.


  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" (PDF). The Times. Archived from the original on 2009. 
  4. ^ Ramaswamy, Chitra (12 April 2010). "Interview: David Shrigley, artist" (PDF). 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. ^ Ross, Jamie. "Twitter post". Twitter. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Partick Thistle unveil 'terrifying' new mascot Kingsley". www.bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Grez, Matias. "Partick Thistle's new mascot Kingsley: Scary or sun-like?". www.cnn.com. CNN. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Bull, JJ. "Partick Thistle unveil utterly terrifying new mascot". www.telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "David Shrigley". Stephen Friedman Gallery. 
  16. ^ "David Shrigley". Yvon Lambert Gallery. 
  17. ^ Blair, Tom (November 2008). San Diego Magazine. CurtCo/SDM LLC. p. 46. 

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