David Shrigley

English (born 1968)
David Shrigley Untitled (I've Been Looking for a Good Place to Spit...) 1998 © David Shrigley.


Born 1968
Nationality English

David Shrigley was born in Macclesfield and studied environmental art at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating he began publishing books of quirky, doodle-like drawings. As well as drawing incessantly, he photographs, makes sculptures and performs 'public interventions' which he then photographs for display. Shrigley consciously shuns the knowingness and commercial professionalism of much contemporary art, preferring a dysfunctional language of doodles, vandalism and graffiti. His work is infused with a dark, dry humour which highlights the absurdity of our everyday fears and aspirations.Recent exhibitions include those at GoMA, Glasgow (2015-2016) and Yvon Lambert Paris (2011). In 2012, London’s Hayward Gallery hosted Brain Activity, a retrospective of Shrigley’s work for which he was shortlisted for the 2013 Turner Prize. Shrigley lives and works in Glasgow.

Glossary terms

  • A print made from an image carved into a block of wood cut along the grain. Blank areas are cut away leaving an image in relief from which a print is made.