Shrigley’s cast of characters includes freaks, lowlifes, misfits, socially awkward people and mysterious creatures. ‘Almost all of my characters are interchangeable,’ he says. ‘They could be me, they could be you, they could be anybody.’
Some are immediately recognizable as stereotypes, while others are conjured up from the artist’s imagination, ranging from talking vegetables to happy-faced teeth. The awkward encounters faced by his characters are immediately recognisable, drawn from common interpersonal relationships and social mores.