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Shrigley's distinctive drawing style imbued with dry humour cuts to the point of human nature, making satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. Recurring themes pervade his storytelling, capturing child-like views of the world; the perspective of aliens and monsters or the compulsive habits of an eavesdropper shouting out loud. His simple, verging-on-juvenile drawings annotated with his distinctive scrawling handwriting hold up a sardonic mirror which somehow generates flashes of profound clarity.
"The works are meant to be funny, so in that way, everyone is involved. If my main task was just to make people laugh, then I'd be a comedian. You have to make the work for yourself." —David Shrigley
A highly acclaimed artist, Shrigley is celebrated by institutions and the public; with a strong ascending commercial performance. Nominated for the Turner prize in 2013 for his solo show Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery, and his bronze sculpture, Really Good, of a massive thumbs up with a disproportionately long thumb, was displayed on the prestigious fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2016. And he was awarded the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to visual arts. His works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, among others.