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Our guide to David Shrigley

David Shrigley is a multidisciplinary artist who works in the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and print.

Who is David Shrigley?

David Shrigley is a multidisciplinary artist who works in the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and print. He grew up in Leicestershire and after taking his art and foundation course in the city, Shrigley then chose to study at the Glasgow School of Art, specializing in environmental art. After graduating in 1991 with a second-class honours degree, Shrigley used self-published books made with his Xerox machine to market his work, starting off by handing them out at the local pub for £3.50.
 

For the love of art.

Shrigley’s rough and ready cartoonish drawings are reminiscent of a cheeky adolescent, whilst tackling serious socio-economic issues, such as child welfare and unemployment. The artist consistently highlights an unspoken melancholy and sense of nihilism that is generally experienced through social media platforms today. This signature element of Shrigley’s work has maintained itself as culturally ubiquitous. From his emergence in the times of New Labour and Britpop to the present day, and all because of discovering meaning in segments of text and overheard conversations. Who would have thought?!
 

The Unboxable Artist.

Shrigley’s work has maintained a highly divisive stance in the public eye. However, that hasn’t hindered the artist's impressive Curriculum Vitae. From creating pop videos for Blur to having a body of artwork and tableware at London’s Sketch restaurant. Further achievements include using music and spoken word as part of his practice and collaborating with Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo using handmade one stringed instruments. He also showcased work in Banksy’s iconic dystopian theme park, ‘Dismaland’ in 2015 and recently was awarded an OBE for services to the visual arts in 2020.
 

What Does the Future Hold?

Shrigley's new work continues to gain traction from his posts on twitter and instagram nearly every day (not yet discovered his social media? Explore why instagrammers love him so much) and through his art being in some of the most prestigious collections of galleries and individuals alike. There is no slowing down for our favourite football fanatic artist. Shrigley continues to make work that arrives at its destination de-contextualised, creating oblique comedy for the masses. 

We’re delighted to announce that David Shrigley is part of our Signature collection at Hancock Gallery. We are thrilled to bring his unique and timeless classics to the market for investment.