'Clean artwork is good artwork'




Turner prize nominated and Fourth Plinth commissioned, David Shrigley has transformed the Gallery at sketch as part of a long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants. Open for afternoon tea and dinner the project follows the huge success of artist Martin Creeds restaurant commission at sketch in 2012.

Shrigley's first series of 239 new works lined the restaurant’s walls, forming the largest group of original drawings David Shrigley has ever exhibited.

From 18 January 2018, acclaimed British artist David Shrigley is replacing his 239 black and white drawings with 91 colourful new works.
This new body of works encompasses Shrigleys distinctive drawing style imbued with dry humour, which cut to the point of human nature, making satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions.
Recurring themes pervade his story telling, capturing child-like views of the world; the perspective of aliens and monsters or the compulsive habits of an eavesdropper shouting out loud.

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The exhibition continues on the restaurant tables:
Crisp and clean with a touch of his signature humour, Shrigley has understood the dining table as an auxiliary exhibition space, a platform for the presentation of new work by himself and Master Chef, Pierre Gagnaire.

The work comprises new ceramic tableware featuring Shrigley’s distinctive mordant drawings and texts, in a holistic interaction with Gagnaire’s food.
The meal itself becomes a site-specific sculptural work that references sketch’s location in the heart of London and invites diners to respond with their own thoughts and reactions.

The Ceramics will be available for purchase online from October 2014
The Drawings are available for purchase from Stephen Friedman Gallery

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The project has been curated with Christopher Huynh at RSC Contemporary Ltd.