David Shrigley

Untitled (I've Been Looking for a Good Place to Spit...)

About this artwork

This work is one of many in which Shrigley explores the manipulation and subversion of found images. Here he has deliberately defaced a picturesque coastal postcard with a crass and childish statement in felt-tip pen. The anti-establishment quality demonstrated here is typical of Shrigley’s drawings. Handwriting also plays an important role in his work – its raw and uneven style is instantly recognisable as his own. Shrigley is best known for his caustic drawings which make crude and humorous observations on everyday life. His awkward, improvised drawings and musings resemble schoolboy doodles and often contain scribbles, mistakes and corrections. His work hovers between illustration and fine art and he is part of a long line of satirical cartoonists from Edward Lear and James Thurber to Spike Miligan and Gary Larson.

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  • title:
    Untitled (I've Been Looking for a Good Place to Spit...)
  • accession number:
    GMA 4226
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  • materials:
    Ink on Cibachrome print
  • date created:
    1998
  • measurements:
    20.50 x 30.50 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1998
  • copyright:
    © David Shrigley.

David Shrigley

David Shrigley