The darker, funnier side to art

Jul 12, 2012, 10:27 IST | Ruchika Kher

Soaked in the theme of dark humour, Scottish artist David Shrigley's drawings have won accolades from all over the world. Now, Mumbai's art aficionados will get the opportunity to view his artworks at an exhibition that starts tomorrow

Artist and cartoonist David Shrigley, believes in art that communicates as simply and directly as possible, the reason why most of his artworks are deliberately crude executions of scenarios and events around us.

Fifteen artworks by the 43-year-old artist will be presented in the city tomorrow. These small-scale ink on paper drawings date back to 2007. Shrigley’s straightforward technique and dark humour have drawn accolades for over 20 years. When questioned about his dark sense of humour, he answered, “Well, I suppose it’s a cathartic thing.

David Shrigley, Untitled, 2007. copyright David Shrigley, courtesy David Shrigley and Stephen Friedman Gallery (London)

It enables you to say what you want to say, and vent your anger about the lunatic world we live in. I think I’m a saner person because I’m able to make work about how horrible people are, and how unacceptable it is that they are so horrible and how unacceptable it is that people accept how horrible these people are.”

Shrigley was born in England and currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland. His work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in a retrospective organised by the Hayward Gallery in London that is currently on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Shrigley has also published numerous books, directed music videos, and works with photography, sculpture, and sound recordings. Since 2005, he has contributed a cartoon every Saturday to the weekend magazine edition of The Guardian. All works in the exhibition: David Shrigley, Untitled, 2007, Ink on paper are courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

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