British artist David Shrigley is best known for his humorous drawings that make witty and wry observations on everyday life.
Trained as a fine artist, his deliberately crude graphic style gives his work an immediate and accessible appeal, while simultaneously offering insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships.
This exhibition, his first major survey show in London, covers the full range of Shrigley's diverse practice. This extends far beyond drawing to include photography, sculpture, animation, painting and surprising interventions.
Spanning the upper galleries of Hayward Gallery, the show also includes new artwork and pieces created specifically for the space.
The exhibition is curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Curator, Hayward Gallery.
1968 Born in Macclesfield, England.
1970 Family moves to Oadby, Leicestershire.
1972 Develops keen interest in dinosaurs.
1982 Visits Tate Gallery for the first time, to see an exhibition of work by sculptor Jean Tinguely.
1987-88 Art and Design Foundation Course at Leicester Polytechnic.
1988 Moves to Glasgow to study in the department of Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art.
1991 Awarded Honours Degree (2:2). Self-publishes first book: Slug Trails.
1991-95 Works part-time in community art education for Glasgow City Council.
1992-96 Takes up post as a gallery guide at Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow.
1992 Participates in first group exhibition, In Here, at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
1995 Appears as an extra in the movie Trainspotting. First solo exhibition, Map of the Sewer, held at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
1996 First book on sale that is not self-published: Err (Bookworks, 1996). First drawings are sold, priced £50 each.
1998 Publishes first of many books with Redstone Press: Why We Got the Sack from the Museum.
1999-2000 Weekly cartoon runs in The Independent on Sunday.
2003 Collaborates with artist collective Shynola on pop promo Good Song for the band Blur.
2005 Makes a film short for Channel 4 based on his book Who I Am And What I Want (with Chris Shepherd). Takes up yoga.
2005-2009 Weekly cartoon runs in The Guardian newspaper.
2006 Worried Noodles (The Empty Sleeve), an empty record sleeve with a book of faux lyrics, is published by German record label Tomlab.
2007 Worried Noodles CD is published, with tracks by 39 musicians, using lyrics from the original publication (see above). Designs record cover for Deerhoof’s album Friend Opportunity.
2009-2011 Fortnightly political cartoon runs in New Statesman magazine.
2010 Begins work on Pass The Spoon (a sort-of opera) with David Fennessy and Nicholas Bone.
2011 World première of Pass The Spoon at Tramway, Glasgow.
(A full chronology, including details of exhibitions, driving tests and other milestones and achievements, is included in the exhibition catalogue.)