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Ridiculous Inflatable Swan-Thing By David Shrigley

Artwork size: 10 x 10 cm
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‘Ridiculous Swan Thing’ is a novelty inflatable pool accessory by contemporary artist David Shrigley.

Acclaimed British artist David Shrigley is known for his small-small-scale, black ink sketches, which play on our expectations of figurative skill and expertise. Suffused with deadpan humour, Shrigley’s naive images are accompanied by laconic pops of wry text, intensifying the offbeat naivety of his unique aesthetic.

Transforming the surface sketch to the three-dimensional object, ‘Ridiculous Swan Thing’ is Shrigley’s response to the current cult of the extravagant pool accessory. But you can forget the fabulous flamingo or the magical unicorn: the sear of Shrigely’s satire lies in the pitch-perfect meeting of word and image. Here, the title replaced the signature scribbled text accompaniment: nothing could better describe the blank-faced, puffy-white form than Shrigley’s tongue-in-cheek title - hello, ridiculous swan thing.

About The Artist - David Shrigley

David Shrigley (born in 1968 in Macclesfield, England) is an artist living and working in Glasgow. He studied at Leicester Polytechnic and the Glasgow School of Art. He is best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. Shrigley also creates large-scale installations and sculptures that are derived from these works, as well as books, videos, photography, and other media. In 2013, Shrigley was nominated for the Turner Prize and in 2014, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Leicester’s De Montfort University. In 2016, his “Thumbs Up” sculpture is set to be installed in Leicester Square, London.

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