David Shrigley is one of my favourite artists. Creating almost child like drawings but with a flow and wit that few can match, blending humour, satire and completely insane characters. Shrigley is so well known for his distinctive work that its pointless trying to do anything similar as you will forever be hearing "Oh its kind of like David Shrigley" I've even found myself saying it about some of his work, not realising it was done by the man himself.
I think a big part of Shrigley's success has been the accessible nature of his work both in print form and through the classic medium of the art book, not to mention his original paintings and drawings which a load of my friends seem to own! Below you will find a short ten minute film about A Day in the Life of David Shrigley, produced by Cannongate Books who just happen to be releasing a new book "Weak Messages Create Bad Situations". For his latest tome Shrigley takes aim at the people in power, the Government and possibly anyone who got into a fight over knock down goods on Black Friday. The statement below is from the man himself.
"Lots of individuals in society today are feeble-minded. They don't know what the HELL is going on. Unfortunately many of these people are responsible for running THE COUNTRY. They don't know the difference between a PRECIOUS JEWEL and a piece of animal turd. Their ideas areMEANINGLESS, illustrated using RUBBISH imagery (often made by a computer). The stupid words they write are always in BAD FONTS.
Yet still people HEED this nonsense. Maybe YOU are one of these people?
It's alright. I am here to HELP you. I have a FULLY-COMPOSED WORLD VIEW. I have STRONG opinions aboutEVERYTHING. And my ideas are HAND-ILLUSTRATED and use REAL HANDWRITING that you can trust. I know exactly what's going on and am WILLING to share my thoughts with you. If you LISTEN to what I say then things will quickly improve.
No more weak messages. No more bad situations. Shall we proceed?"
Yes David, lets! You can see some of David's work in the Below Another Sky exhibition which is currently on show at Aberdeen Art Gallery til January.