David Shrigley, ‘Untitled (The page is everything the ink is nothing the ink is just a stain)’, 2010, Public Art Fund 2014 Benefit Auction

Estimate $3,900. Finding meaning in snippets of text and overheard conversations, David Shrigley tackles both serious issues and absurd subjects with crude and cartoonish ink drawings. This work displays one of Shrigley’s most distinctive traits: his signature, all-caps handwriting.

Framed: 18 1/4" x 13 1/4" x 1 1/4"

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, NY

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