David Shrigley

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You’ve probably seen his scratchy images on the publicity material for Scots music festival Triptych, or in any number of books bursting with his work. Now, David Shrigley has a major exhibition in Scotland, as Mark Robertson reports.

It’s hard not to love the work of David Shrigley. Maybe it’s just the impatient scrawling, or his ability to capture the grotesque with stark monochrome. Or maybe it’s the fact that they can make you smile and feel sad at the same time.

Such is his prolific output that he has left in his wake a score of books, spoken word LPs, posters, prints and photographs.

Shrigley comes up with enough ideas in an afternoon to fill galleries from Hoxton to Helensburgh. It may look disposable, but like his spiritual forefather Ivor Cutler - a man who was judged as ‘funny’ when he was in truth something more elementally brilliant - Shrigley has gathered devotees worldwide while remaining aloof to commercial forces.

After 12 years hovering on the fringes of public conscience he finally gets his first solo Scottish show at DCA. For the new exhibition he asked people to submit ideas for posters for events. He ended up with 300. Here are a few of them, along with some of the highlights of his earlier work.

In a world where so many things are wrong, David Shrigley’s work just feels so right.

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