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Born in Macclesfield in 1968, David Shrigley completed the Art and Design Foundation course at Leicester Polytechnic in 1987 followed by Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art from 1988-1991.

Shrigley is best known for his humorous drawings that make witty, wry and sometimes dark observations on everyday life. His deliberately crude graphic style has an immediate and accessible appeal, while simultaneously offering insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships.
Like the poet Ivor Cutler, Shrigley finds humour in flat depictions of the inconsequential, the unavailing and the bizarre – although he is far fonder of violent or otherwise disquieting subject matter. Shrigley's work has two of the characteristics often encountered in outsider art – an odd viewpoint, and (in some of his work) a deliberately limited technique. His freehand line is often weak, which jars with his frequent use of a ruler; his forms are often very crude; and annotations in his drawings are poorly executed and frequently contain crossings-out (In authentic outsider art, the artist has no choice but to produce work in his or her own way, even if that work is unconventional in content and inept in execution. In contrast, it is likely that Shrigley has chosen his style and range of subject matter for comic effect).
Shrigley is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. He is represented in Paris by the Yvon Lambert Gallery.

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  • The Artist Private Collection, London
  • Ships From: United Kingdom
  • Shipping Dimensions: 13.5 x 11.7 in. (34.29 x 29.72 cm.)

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