The Life and Opinions of David Shrigley, Artist
7th September 2018
David Shrigley was born in 1968 and grew up in Leicester. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1988-91. He lived in Glasgow until 2015. He now lives in Brighton.
His work encompasses many media including drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, performance and music and has been exhibited in many different countries.
His drawings have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines and he is the author of over 30 graphic books.
In 2012 he had a retrospective exhibition at Hayward Gallery in London. In 2013 he was shortlisted for both the Turner Prize and was awarded the 2016 Fourth Plinth commission for Trafalgar Square.
In the talk the artist will describe his journey to becoming an established artist beginning with his art education and how his work has evolved over the years.
He will also discuss the role of art and the artist in society and the value and use of contemporary art.
▲Painting on paper 2014
▲Mis-spelt EXIBITION neon from Seoul 2016
▲4th Plinth public sculpture in Trafalgar Square 2016-2018
▲Memorial public artwork New York 2016
▲David Shrigley and Really Good, 2016.9.29, © Photo Daniel Leal-Oliva
About the Artist
David Shrigley was born in Macclesfield in the north of England in 1968. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and now lives Brighton in southeast England. In 2003 he animated the music video for ‘Good Song’ by Blur. Between 2005 and 2009 he produced a weekly cartoon for The Guardian newspaper. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. In 2016, his ten metre tall bronze sculpture Really Good showing an elongated ‘thumb’s up,’ was selected for one of the most important public art commissions in the UK - the ‘fourth plinth’ in Trafalgar Square. Shrigley is best known for his drawings, which make witty observations about situations in everyday life. David Shrigley held shows in many places, including the solo show in Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria (2014-2015), Drawing in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne (2014), Brain Activity in Hayward Gallery (2012), Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts (2012), Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (2010) and Glasgow International (2010).