David Shrigley

Posted on October 19, 2010


Shrigley was born in Macclesfield on 17 September 1968, the youngest of two children born to Rita (nee Bowring) and Joseph Shrigley. Shrigley grew up in Oadby, Leicestershire,England. He attended City of Leicester Polytechnic’s Art and Design course in 1987-1988, and subsequently studied Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art from 1988-1991. 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 a lifelong supporter of Nottingham Forest FC.

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