Gordon Shrigley uses drawing, text and video as a way to approach engagements with the narrative of making. He creates highly obsessive drawings and book works as a way of exploring how visual language constructs and maintains our sense of the everyday, creating works that consist of simple repetitive gestures over time. Each of his drawings are always made with a razor sharp 2H pencil that allow the build up of a complex yet reduced landscape of layered lines producing subtle drawings that mediate between the graphic and the painterly.
His work also includes architectural propositions that translate his serial based practice from the internal world of the picture plane to three-dimensional reality. This fascination with the graphic line also extends to text pieces that collapse the division between drawing and writing, by constructing works that reflect on their own existence, as mere line. As an additional component of his practice Shrigley curates film and video works as an artist multiple project under the name Filmarmalade. These include stark, filmed interviews in exploration of the creative narratives of others.
Gordon Shrigley was born in Swindon, Wiltshire in 1964. He studied at Bournville College of Art, the University of Westminster and the Slade. He has exhibited in the UK and abroad including the Centre for Recent Drawing, London, the Gooden Gallery, London, the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, the Musée dʼart Moderne, Saint-Etienne and the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. He has published a number of artists books and art texts with the publishers Edition Solitude, Stuttgart, Monaco Magazine, London and Cardboard Folly, Liverpool and is currently designing a new contemporary art gallery for Vyner Street, East London. He was selected for an artist’s residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart in 1998 and at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath in 2000.