Author: Imogen Aldridge

David Shrigley: Art to Make You Smile

It takes a rather eccentric personality to open up your inner musings to the world, but David Shrigley embraces it wholeheartedly. Shrigley’s wry humour and handwritten messaging catapulted the art of typography to new heights.

Shrigley's witty and often nonsensical ramblings have given new life to typographical art, making it relatable to a wide audience and, most importantly, showing that art can be fun, too. We love how Shrigley creates artwork for himself first, and his audience second. Shrigley says of this insular method of creation: “I draw to amuse myself on occasion, when I am bored and drawing is the only fun to be had.” His art is not to amuse the viewer - they’re general humorous mumblings about everyday life. This makes his work all the more relatable.

 

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Talk to the Hand by David Shrigley

David Shrigley: Art to Make You Smile | Image

Catapulting the eccentric British wit to the international stage, David Shrigley’s humorous compositions are engaging and dynamic artworks that are universally relatable. This viewing room is a celebration of Shrigley’s ability to spread joy with his unique, dry humour. His simple yet effective prints make the art world more approachable to a wider audience, meaning that people from all walks of life can find joy within his pieces. 

Shrigley’s down to earth compositions are reminiscent of childhood doodles or random thoughts, with his intriguing commentary adding that extra layer of familiarity. We’ve all had peculiar musings, yet Shrigley makes his public, allowing the viewer to find an affinity with his work. Shrigley’s carefree attitude has unconventional origins. The artist’s anti-fine art attitude was inspired by vandals that broke into his studio and destroyed his work during his time at university. Instead of being inconvenienced, the situation was comedic to Shrigley and from that point on he developed his well-known style, inspired by the vandal’s act of careless destruction. We love how this attitude is reflected in the artist’s playful artworks. Taking witty typography to new heights, David Shrigley’s much-loved artworks are not to be missed.

 

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I Hate Human Beings (2021) by David Shrigley

David Shrigley: Art to Make You Smile | Image

Creating an artwork that is relatable, approachable and engaging is no easy feat, but David Shrigley seems to have perfected the task. His acerbic wit brings his playful artworks to life, and his naive style is a refreshing addition to the British contemporary art scene. His artworks are a pure reflection of a quintessential quirky British humour that is both eccentric and familiar. If you’re a fan of art that makes you smile, then Shrigley is perfect for you.

Shrigley studied Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art. He has exhibited globally, with solo shows across Europe, the United States of America, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. His group exhibitions are similarly geographically diverse, with shows in the United Kingdom, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United States of America. As a prolific artist, Shrigley has been nominated for the 2013 Turner Prize and awarded an honorary doctorate by De Montford University in Leicester, UK. In addition, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to visual arts. 

 

David Shrigley: Art to Make You Smile | Image

David Shrigley: Art to Make You Smile | Image

You don’t have to relate to Shrigley's artwork to find it funny, but you do have to embrace the absurdity of it all. Take a look at his collection here. Want to find out more about the witty artist? Read our article '10 Things You Didn't Know About David Shrigley' to get the lowdown on how Shrigley shot to fame.

Studio stock

£48

6 x 10 cm

Dreams Can Come True

55 x 56.5cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

Masterpiece Minus Art Print by Remi Rough
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Masterpiece Minus

42 x 29.7cm

£190

42 x 29.7cm

Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
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£200

60 x 60cm

Debbie Harry Rainbow Art Print by Veebee
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Veebee £160

£160

50 x 50cm

United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
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£195

31 x 24cm

Pangolin - Medium Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
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Pangolin - Medium

40 x 40cm

£100

40 x 40cm

Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition) Art Print by Babak Ganjei
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£135

50 x 70cm

Prince 2000 ZERO ZERO Art Print by Mike Edwards
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£150

50 x 50cm

Rebel Rebel Art Print by R-W Studio
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Rebel Rebel

50 x 50cm

£120

50 x 50cm

Choco POPek

15 x 12 x 6cm

£300

15 x 12 x 6cm

Pacific Grind

20.3 x 81cm

£200

20.3 x 81cm

Elvis Art Print by David Studwell
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Elvis

50 x 50cm

£175

50 x 50cm

Gorilla - Lilac Foil

42 x 59.4cm

£195

42 x 59.4cm

MK-Ultra I

19 x 19cm

£65

19 x 19cm

Northern Scum Art Print by Katrina Russell-Adams
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Northern Scum

29.7 x 42cm

£85

29.7 x 42cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Kate Moss - Glow Art Print by VeeBee
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VeeBee £285

Kate Moss - Glow

70 x 70 cm

£285

70 x 70 cm

£267

75 x 75cm

Humpek Purple Sculpture

12 x 6 x 12cm

£240

12 x 6 x 12cm

Fail Art Print by Babak Ganjei
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Fail

50 x 70cm

£135

50 x 70cm

Sara Pope £150

Amped

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£150

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£165

45.72 x 60.96 cm

I Love Recycling

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

Ben Eine £35

£35

15 x 15cm each

R2Heart2 - Copper Art Print by RYCA
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RYCA £150

R2Heart2 - Copper

50 x 70cm

£150

50 x 70cm

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