David Shrigley

Life Model II

14 April - 28 May 2018




co-produced with Brighton Festival


Brighton Festival 2018 Guest Director David Shrigley brings his large-scale installation Life Model II alongside a selection of his animated films to Fabrica during April and May 2018.


Life Model II upends our preconceptions about the traditional 'life drawing' class by replacing the live model with a sculptural one. Visitors are invited to sit, observe, and draw the model using easels and materials provided. The finished drawings are then pinned to the surrounding gallery walls, becoming part of the exhibition.


Best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that satirically comment on everyday subjects and human interactions, David Shrigley’s hand-rendered drawings are quick-witted and typically deadpan in their humour and present chance utterings as if snippets of over-heard conversations. David Shrigley’s animations are a natural extension of his drawings, bringing to life his thought process and the narrative potential of his drawings.


Widely admired by the art world and public alike, David Shrigley works across an extensive range of media including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, painting, illustration, photography and collaborative music projects.


Currently on display in Trafalgar Square is Really Good, the 11th commission in the GLA’s Fourth Plinth project, comprising a 7 metre-high elongated bronze sculpture of a thumbs-up.


In 2013 David Shrigley was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize for his solo show David Shrigley: Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery (2013)​