Eleven memorable moments in David Shrigley’s career
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Eleven memorable moments in David Shrigley’s career

10 Nov 2022

From the Turner Prize nomination to prestigious commissions in Trafalgar Square and Central Park and more, here is our round-up of 11 memorable moments in David Shrigley's career.

1. In 1995, he opened his first solo exhibition, Map of the Sewer at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.

2. In 2003, he directed the video for British band Blur's "Good Song" from the album Think Tank.

3. In 2013, David Shrigley is nominated for the Turner Prize for his solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery, David Shrigley: Brain Activity.

4. In 2014, Shrigley took over The Gallery at the famous - and very Instagrammable, London restaurant Sketch.

The site would host 239 new works, the largest presentation of original Shrigley drawings to date.

5. In 2016, Shrigley's sculpture Really Good - A bronze cast of a fist with an out-of-proportion thumbs-up is installed on Trafalgar Square's Fourth plinth.

Fourth Plinth commission, Trafalgar Square, London.

Fourth Plinth commission, Trafalgar Square, London.

6. Also in 2016, Shrigley's shopping list drops in Central Park. A 17-foot high granite monolithic marble sculpture.

'Memorial' installed in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza; Shrigley's sketch of the piece.
'Memorial' installed in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza; Shrigley's sketch of the piece.

'Memorial' installed in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza; Shrigley's sketch of the piece.

LIZ LIGON / Public Art Fund, NY

Installation view, David Shrigley: Brain Activity, Hayward Gallery, London, 2012.

Installation view, David Shrigley: Brain Activity, Hayward Gallery, London, 2012.

8. Lockdown Drawings

Created during the spring of 2020, they are over 340 untitled ink drawings portraying mundane situations in Shrigley's satirical and witty style.

"It feels quite healthy emotionally, it's somewhere where you can go, where I can go to escape from 'reality', such as it is right now."

David Shrigley on creating the Lockdown Drawings

9. 2021 - Ruinart offers Shrigley their Carte Blanche - an annual collaboration the winery offers to leading contemporary artists.

David Shrigley creates Unconventional Bubbles, a collection of 42 works honouring the wine-making process and raising awareness of the current environmental challenges.
David Shrigley creates Unconventional Bubbles, a collection of 42 works honouring the wine-making process and raising awareness of the current environmental challenges.

David Shrigley creates Unconventional Bubbles, a collection of 42 works honouring the wine-making process and raising awareness of the current environmental challenges.

10. Founded by Shrigley and his long-term friend Nicolai Wallner, the Shrig Shop opened in Copenhagen in 2022. Selling from limited editions to postcards, it has become an extension of David Shrigley's artistic practice.

11. 2022 - Shrigley creates the design for the semicircular pool of the newly open Brighton Soho House.

A ripe banana is a good metaphor for Kemptown. A place for eccentricity, decadence and craziness.

David Shrigley

David Shrigley's banana pool at the Brighton Beach House.

David Shrigley's banana pool at the Brighton Beach House.

Soho House. Photo: Rupert Peace

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