See David Shrigley’s Drawings and Paintings at Stephen Friedman Gallery

David Shrigley’s new exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London showcases a series of vivid works which riff on 1960s Op Art

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Drawings and Paintings is Shrigley’s eighth solo show at Stephen Friedman and features a series of vibrant pieces created with acrylic and (for the first time) oil sticks.

With bright, bold colours, they are a departure from the black-and-white artworks Shrigley created for London’s Sketch restaurant and his book, Weak Messages Create Bad Situations, but feature the same mix of witty and surreal imagery, often with a darker or more profound underlying message.

Works were inspired by 1960s Op Art and Shrigley subverts and sends up the genre with his wiggly lines and wobbly text. The exhibition accompanies a touring show of his work organised by the British Council, titled Lose Your Mind, which will travel to Chile, Korea and New Zealand this year. He is also working on a Fourth Plinth commission for Trafalgar Square which will be unveiled in September. (His sculpture will replace Hans Haacke’s anti-capitalist artwork, Gift Horse).

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Installation view, ‘David Shrigley: Drawings and Paintings’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography: Stephen White
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Installation view, ‘David Shrigley: Drawings and Paintings’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography: Stephen White.
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Installation view, ‘David Shrigley: Drawings and Paintings’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography: Stephen White.
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Installation view, ‘David Shrigley: Drawings and Paintings’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography: Stephen White.
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Installation view, ‘David Shrigley: Drawings and Paintings’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography: Stephen White.

The exhibition is open until April 20 at Stephen Friedman Gallery, 25-28 Old Burlington Street, London, W1S 3AN. See stephenfriedman.com for details