Eleven reasons why David Shrigley is my favourite artist (today)
According to a piece Dazed did on him (it’s here), not only is he a good host, but he wears a seatbelt even when he sits in the back seat.
He freely admits that he’s shit at drawing and that he’s always just drawn like he does. Which is great, actually, because it means he’s not putting it on.
He mixes humour with art, but still manages to make me think. That said, I don’t get all of it.
He works pretty constantly – about 30 drawings a day.
He’s trying to swear less.
He said this when drownedinsound asked him if he was worried about overexposure: ““Err… Yes, probably. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do about that though. I suppose to say no to some things, but I don’t know. My criteria is that as long as what I am doing is good then it’s fine to do it. As long as I’m having a good time and I feel what I am doing is interesting and not shite then that’s good and I’m going to continue. I supposed there is a fashion aspect to what I am doing, and perhaps I will go out of fashion at some point. But, again, there’s not a lot I can really do about that so I might as well just… Oh wait, an ambulance is going past.”
Apparently he throws away 70% of his drawings
Looking at his work, and then at a picture of him, the two don’t necessarily go together. That’s a good thing.
He told The Scotsman that he sometimes he likes to draw people before he meets them for the first time: “The image you have before you meet someone is gone forever as soon as you see them. I like to preserve that image. I like how wrong it is.”
He did an exhibition at The Serpentine a few years ago, and I bought a book of postcards. Then, when I was ill not long after, loads of people came to visit me and stuff, so I wrote loads of postcards in the book to say thank-you to them. But then I never sent the cards and kept them because I didn’t want to part with the art (I still feel a bit guilty about that, but then I’ve always been crap at writing thank-you letters).
Finally, I really really love his stuff. Here’s a slideshow. I don’t know how to make it go slower, so press stop if you want.
ps – if you like it, there’s loads more on his website, which you can get to by clicking HERE It’s much better than the slideshow.