David Shrigley is known internationally for his drawing, animation and sculpture, but has also worked extensively in print, producing etchings, woodcuts, linocuts and screenprints, primarily with Schäfer Grafisk Værksted in Copenhagen. Shrigley’s work in print shares the same humour, immediacy and sense of the absurd expressed in all other aspects of his practice.
In a 2002 essay, Frédéric Paul described the artist’s relationship with the various media and art forms he employs: ‘Shrigley adopts the profile of an incurable amateur in order to escape the boredom stowed by every specialization. And, above all, he does so to establish a more direct relationship with his audience who, in the seeming absence of any clear style, can receive these drawings – which sometimes appear in the form of pages of handwritten text – as if they were addressed to him personally, like a message left for a close friend or relative on the dining room table or on the fridge.’
In February 2013, Shrigley traveled to Auckland, New Zealand. During this time the artist produced drawings, writing and developed further his ideas for typography and new work in print. Although the artist presented a solo exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2006/7, this was the first time he has worked with DCA’s Print Studio.
David Shrigley (born Macclessfield, England, 1968) graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1991. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2013), Galleri Nicola Wallner, Copenhagen, Cornerhouse, Manchester, Mumbai Art Rooms, Mumbai, and Hayward Gallery, London.