The British artist David Shrigley attracts and dismays anyone who knows him.
With a tormented and sarcastic filter, his works deal with complex and introspective themes such as man’s relationship with society and technology, the passage of time and the responsibilities of life.
Looking at his works, it becomes impossible not to experience the twisted restlessness hidden behind his thoughts, but the essentiality of the strokes and the almost absence of colors succeeds in simplifying their hardness and highlights their irony.
Graduated in 1991 in environmental art at Glasgow School of Art, Shirgley immediately fails to prevail with his own style. His art was not immediately understood, but over the years his uniqueness allowed him to stand out.
Fundamental in his works are the writings that accompany the drawings. Thanks to these, in fact, human figures, animals, food and everyday objects take on a new meaning. Each work communicates different sensations and emotions: thoughts, torments, doubts, indecisions, existential questions but also amusements, jokes, derisions and pleasures.
Impossible to explain, his works must be observed, understood, analyzed and enjoyed.
Words by Federica Cimorelli