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Studio Sunday: David Shrigley

 

A photo of David Shrigley in his home studio in Glasgow

 

This Sunday, let’s look at the studio of David Shrigley. Shrigley’s works are imbued with a surreal sense of humour, and though often drawn or sculpted in the style of a child’s comics they tend to explore philosophical and existential ideas and trains of thought.

 

The artist’s studio in, this photo, looks more like a home studio than the spaces of many other artists who create work in their homes. It’s not a specialized space, and it doesn’t have the pristine white walls of a project studio. The somewhat dim lighting, augmented by a number of lamps, combined with the carpeted floors and relatively low ceiling make this seem like perhaps a basement studio in an average detached home. In this way it has a certain, familiar charm to it, and it seems like Shrigley has really carved out the perfect little space for his art-making. Perhaps like other artists who favour a minimalist style of black and white illustration, Shrigley takes an equally unpretentious approach to the creation of his work.

 

In his set-up I see a drawing board, a number of books, and a huge amount of small jars of ink, in every colour one could possibly imagine. Not to mention what appears to be a white balloon labeled “egg” – perhaps a maquette for a future work?

 

Shrigley studied environmental art at the Glasgow school of art in the late 1980’s. He has collaborated with a number of bands and musicians, directing music videos as well as letting various artists reinterpret his writings as lyrics. As a cartoon artist, he’s contributed a cartoon to the Guardian’s Weekend Magazine every Saturday since 2005. 


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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