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David Shrigley

Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2013, Glasgow School of Art alumnus Shrigley also created an elongated thumbs-up for the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square in 2016 – in the (possibly satirical) hope of "making the world a better place". His playful drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures are imbued with a deadpan humour that encapsulates the bizarre nuances of modern life. Shrigley never corrects his work, and the resulting scratches and crossings out only add to its appeal.

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Did you know?

Shrigley worked as a cartoonist for the New Statesman during the intense run-up to the 2010 General Election.

Country of Birth


Auction Record


Sotheby's New York, 'Memorial', 2023

Notable Collections

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA

Power Station of Art (PSA), Shanghai, China

Notable Exhibitions

Do Not Touch the Worms, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK, 2020

David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AU, 2014

David Shrigley: Brain Activity, Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 2012

Animate, Turku Art Museum, Turku, FI, 2011

New Powers, Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, DE, 2009

David Shrigley, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2008

David Shrigley, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK, 2006

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