David Shrigley

‘David Shrigley is an artist and illustrator best known for his mordantly humorous cartoons. Self-branded as an outsider in the art world, Shrigley is known for making flat compositions that take on the inconsequential, the bizarre, and the disquieting elements of everyday life. Like the musings of a very wise child displaying the wit and humor of a seasoned observer of the adult world, his illustrations feature crossed-out words, scribbled, uneven lines, and darkly funny aphorisms about the world.’ – artspace.com

To me, David Shrigley’s work consists of a seemingly hasty and sloppy style, yet comes across as cohesive and easy to read. I find each element of his illustrations to correlate with each other well and humorously, most notably the text and illustration (which are arguably all one in themselves anyway). Shrigley’s work has probably been the most influential to my chosen style for the illustrated story book and helped me to develop and realise the fact that there is a difference between an illustration with what many may consider a poor aesthetic,  and an intentionally poorly accomplished illustration (as intention always has reason).

I found Shrigley’s ‘A BEDTIME STORY’, to be an especially charismatic illustration.

shrigley story

Shrigley’s work clearly has themes of minimalism, of which I feel is especially amplified (or unamplified) in his sculptures:

Black Balls:

black balls

Black Bongs:

black bongs








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