David Shrigley, ‘Untitled (Hee Haw)’, 2017, Public Art Fund 2017 Spring Benefit

David Shrigley’s distinctive drawing style comments on the irony of the human condition. Shrigley’s deadpan drawings and texts crawl with recurring themes: such as aliens, monsters, and eavesdroppers. He works across an extensive range of media, including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, painting, photography and music. Untitled (Hee Haw) is a comic rumination of the old setup, “a horse walks into a bar.” Shrigley’s works are included in many prestigious collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, and the Tate London. In the fall of 2016, with Public Art Fund, Shrigley created Memorial with Public Art Fund for Doris C. Freedman Plaza. This newly commissioned artwork honors one of the most common of all acts: the writing of a grocery list. By engraving this ephemeral, throwaway list on a solid slab of granite, a material ubiquitous with the language of monuments, the artist humorously subverts both a daily routine and the role of the classic memorial.

About David Shrigley

David Shrigley finds meaning in snippets of text and overheard conversations. His crude and cartoonish ink drawings, usually exhibited salon-style, recall pages from the sketchbook of a cheeky adolescent. Tackling serious issues, such as unemployment and child welfare, as well as more absurd subjects, including sexual fantasies about a squirrel, his fragmented narratives can be both poignant and funny. In a 2011 exhibition, Shrigley included a dead stuffed kitten that stood on its hind legs carrying a hand-lettered protest sign that read, “I’M DEAD.”

British, b. 1968, Macclesfield, United Kingdom, based in Glasgow, United Kingdom