David Shrigley, Exhibition of Giant Inflatable Swan-Things, 2019, Spritmuseum. Photo by Jonas Lindström 

David Shrigley


– 03.11.20

David Shrigley, the renowned British artist and recent recipient of the Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his artistic work, creates a brand-new installation specifically for CC’s Hall 1.
David Shrigley works in various media including drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, and utility product design, all of which revolve around the themes of everyday life and human behaviour. Observations of everyday trivialities or social absurdities run like a golden thread through his work, which is at once political, poetic, and infused with a healthy dose of subtle British humour. In 2019, he attracted much attention when he displayed a thirteen-metre-tall inflatable swan in the lake at Egeskov Castle for Heartland Festival, and he will be creating an installation at CC that will be his largest to date. Shrigley has shown worldwide and was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2013 for his exhibition Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery in London. During the period 2016-18, amid the Brexit fury, Shrigley showed a seven-metre-tall sculpture of a raised thumb entitled Really Good, giving the thumbs-up to the world from its spot at Trafalgar Square in London.

About David Shrigley

David Shrigley (b.1968) lives and works in Brighton, England, and graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, in 1991. He is best known for his humorous and often absurd drawings. In his artistic practice, Shrigley works with a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, animation, and linocut, all of it addressing themes of everyday life and human behaviour. He also publishes books, takes part in musical collaborative projects, and produces music.

Shrigley has earned considerable international acclaim for his works, for example, receiving an OBE for his contribution to visual art in the New Year Honours list 2020. He has shown internationally, including the Spritmuseum, Stockholm, the Power Station of Art & Design, Shanghai, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, San Francisco, and the Galleri Nicolai Wallner, the National Gallery of Denmark, and Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, all of them in Copenhagen.

In 2013, David Shrigley was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize and, in 2016, he was commissioned to create the sculpture Really Good for Trafalgar Square in London, which was on show until March 2018. In 2019, he was the main artistic feature of the Heartland Music Festival at Egeskov Castle, where he created the work Swan Thing, a thirteen-metre-tall inflatable swan, specifically for the festival.