David Shrigley

Imagine the Green is Red (1997)

About this artwork

This photograph is a humorous challenge to the way we see our environment. It records an 'intervention', in which the artist has placed a sign in a public area. Shrigley is interested in the use of signage - how it relates to its location and our reaction to it. Yet the photograph is also an artwork in itself, completed by a pleasing composition and striking use of contrasting colour. This photograph was one of several works originally commissioned by Tate Liverpool and included as an insert in Tate Magazine in 1997. It was taken in Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow, the location of many of Shrigley's photographs.

David Shrigley

David Shrigley

David Shrigley was born in Macclesfield and studied environmental art at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating he began publishing books of quirky, doodle-like drawings. As well as drawing incessantly, he photographs, makes sculptures and performs 'public interventions' which he then photographs for display. Shrigley consciously shuns the knowingness and commercial professionalism of much contemporary art, preferring a dysfunctional language of doodles, vandalism and graffiti. His work is infused with a dark, dry humour which highlights the absurdity of our everyday fears and aspirations.Recent exhibitions include those at GoMA, Glasgow (2015-2016) and Yvon Lambert Paris (2011). In 2012, London’s Hayward Gallery hosted Brain Activity, a retrospective of Shrigley’s work for which he was shortlisted for the 2013 Turner Prize. Shrigley lives and works in Glasgow.