David Shrigley (born 17 September 1968) is a British visual artist. He lives and works in Glasgow. Early life: Shrigley was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, the younger of two children born to Rita (née Bowring) and Joseph Shrigley. He moved with his parents and sister to Oadby, Leicestershire when he was two years old. He took the Art and Design Foundation course at the Leicester Polytechnic in 1987, and then studied environmental art at the Glasgow School of Art from 1988 to 1991. Work: Although Shrigley works in various media, he is best known for his mordantly humorous cartoons released in softcover books or postcard packs. He 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. His 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. As well as authoring several books, he directed the video for Blur's "Good Song" and also for Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's "Agnes, Queen of Sorrow". In 2005 designed a London Underground leaflet cover. Since 2005, he has contributed a cartoon for The Guardian '​s Weekend magazine every Saturday. Other projects have included the album Worried Noodles (Tom Lab, 2007) where musicians interpret his writings as lyrics, including collaborations by David Byrne, Hot Chip, and Franz Ferdinand. Shrigley co-directed a film with director Chris Shepherd called Who I Am And What I Want, based on Shrigley's book of the same title.Kevin Eldon voiced its main character, Pete. Shrigley also produced a series of drawings and T-shirt designs for the 2006 Triptych festival, a Scottish music festival lasting for three to four days in three cities. He also designed twelve different covers for Deerhoof's 2007 record, Friend Opportunity. In the same year he also designed the title sequence for the film Hallam Foe, as well as the drawings and the writing in Hallam's on-screen diaries. Shrigley was nominated for the 2013 Turner Prize. His Thumbs Up sculpture is expected to be installed on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth during 2016. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Leicester's De Montfort University in a ceremony on 17th July 2014. Exhibitions: Recent notable solo exhibitions include Animate, The Turku art Museum, Finland (2011); Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (2010); New Powers, Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany (2009); David Shrigley, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2008); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2008); Everything Must Have a Name, Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden (2007) and David Shrigley, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland (2006). Shrigley is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris. Jason Mraz took the name of his album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. from a work by Shrigley. Pinakothek der Moderne, München, Germany (2014) Music: In 2006, Shrigley's first spoken-word album Shrigley Forced To Speak With Others was released by Azuli Records. In October 2007, Tomlab released Worried Noodles, a double-CD of artists including David Byrne, Islands, Liars, Grizzly Bear, Mount Eerie, R. Stevie Moore and Final Fantasy putting Shrigley's 2005 book of the same name to music. Moore went on to record an entire album of new songs set to Shrigley's Worried Noodles lyrics called Shrigley Field. His spoken-word readings are used on the Late Night Tales series of recordings, with a track from Shrigley closing each album. Solo exhibitions: 2013 BQ, Berlin, 2012 Hayward Gallery, London, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, 2010 M - Museum Leuven, Belgium, 2009 Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, 2008 Museum Ludwig, Cologne, BQ, Cologne, Anton Kern Gallery, NYC, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, CASM, Barcelona, 2007 CAB, Burgos, Spain, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Malmö Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden, Stephen Friedman, London, 2006 Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, DCA, Dundee, 2005 BQ Galerie, Cologne, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, 2004 Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, Stephen Friedman, London, Francesca Pia, Bern, 2003 Galerie Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, BQ Galerie, Cologne, Kunsthaus Zurich, 2002 Anton Kern Gallery, New York, Domaine de Kerguehennec, France, Camden Arts Centre, London, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, 2001 Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, CCS Museum, Bard College, New York, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, 2000 Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, 1999 Francesca Pia, Bern, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, 1998 Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, 1997 Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, CCA, Glasgow, Francesca Pia, Bern, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Photographers' Gallery, London, 1996 Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 1995 Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Publications: 2014 Weak Messages Create Bad Situations: A Manifesto By David Shrigley, Canongate Books, 2012 How Are You Feeling?: At the Centre of the Inside of the Human Brain's Mind, Canongate Books, David Shrigley: Pass the Spoon: A Sort-of-Opera About Cookery with David Fennessy and Nicholas Bone, Hayward Gallery Publishing, What The Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley, W. W. Norton & Company, David Shrigley: Brain Activity, Hayward Gallery Publishing, 2009 Red Book, Redstone Press, 2008 Hand, BQ, Cologne, Grip, Redstone Press (new edition), 2007 The Boom of Shrigley, Redstone Press/Chronicle, Ants Have Sex In Your Beer, Redstone Press/Chronicle, 2006 This Is A Paper Trinket For You To Wear, Bywater Bros. Editions, Toronto, Worried Noodles (The Empty Sleeve), Tomlab, Cologne, 2005 Photographs With Text, BQ, Cologne, The Book of Shrigley, Redsone Press/ Chronicle Books, 2004 Blocked Path, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Let's Wrestle, Redstone Press, London, Rules, Redstone Press, London (book of postcards), Kill Your Pets, Redstone Press, London, Kill Your Pets, Revolver, Frankfurt, Joy, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2003 Yellow Bird With Worm, Kunsthaus Zurich, Who I Am And What I Want, Redstone Press, London, Leotard, BQ, Cologne, Joy, Redstone Press, London (book of postcards), Evil Thoughts, Chronicle Books, San Francisco (book of postcards), 2002 Human Achievement, Redstone Press, London, Evil Thoughts, Redstone Press, London (book of postcards), 2001 Do Not Bend, Redstone Press, London, 2000 Grip, Pocketbooks, Edinburgh, Hard Work, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, 1999 The Beast is Near, Redstone Press, London, Fel, Rudins, Sweden (Swedish translation of Err), 1998 Why We Got The Sack From The Museum with Will Self, Redstone Press, London, To Make Meringue You Must Beat The Egg Whites Until They Look Like This, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Centre Parting, The Little Cockroach Press, Toronto, Blank Page and Other Pages, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, 1996 Drawings Done Whilst On Phone To Idiot, The Armpit Press, Glasgow, Err (New Writing), Bookworks, London, Let Not These Shadows Fall Upon Thee, Tramway, Glasgow, 1995 Enquire Within, Armpit Press, Glasgow, 1994 Blanket Of Filth, The Armpit Press, Glasgow, 1992 Merry Eczema, Black Rose, Glasgow, 1991 Slug Trails, Black Rose, Glasgow, Contributions: 2008 Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International

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