David Shrigley is a contemporary British artist with an internationally loved practice. The artist and illustrator is best known for his mordantly humorous cartoons. He was born in Macclesfield in 1968 and studied a BA in Fine Art Glasgow School of Art. Self-branded as an outsider in the art world, Shrigley is known for making flat compositions that take on the incon...sequential, the bizarre, and the disquieting elements of everyday life. Like the musings of a very wise child displaying the wit and humor of a seasoned observer of the adult world, his illustrations feature crossed-out words, scribbled, uneven lines, and darkly funny aphorisms about the world.
In recent years, Shrigley has expanded his practice to include filmmaking. He directed the video for indie-king Bonnie "Prince" Billy's song Agnes, Queen of Sorrow and co-directed an animated film with award-winning director Chris Shepherd based on Shrigley's book Who I Am and What I Want. A weekly contributor of cartoons to the Guardian Weekend magazine, he released his first spoken-word album Shrigley Forced to Speak With Others in 2006, which was followed by a double-CD of artists, including David Byrne, Islands, and Grizzly Bear, who put Shrigley's book Worried Noodles to music. The artists digital animations such as ‘Headless Drummer' and ‘The Artist' demonstrate what Shrigley calls ‘the economy of telling stories', by delivering a crafty mix of dark and light through the simplest of forms. The artist is happy using any material, as the material often provides a starting point for the piece.In his sculptural pieces, the artist explore materials such as bronze and ceramic, making the physical some of his more curious and eccentric drawings by transforming found objects and experimenting with their scale.
Shrigley's work has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In 2013, he was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize for his solo show David Shrigley: Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery in London.