Multiple III. Recent Screenprints: David Shrigley. 15 July–31 August 2020. Edition Launch: Monday 13 July, 9am GMT.
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present ‘Multiple III’, the third iteration of its annual exhibition of editions by gallery artists on view from Wednesday 15 July. This year’s online presentation will bring together a complete catalogue raisonné of David Shrigley’s screenprints from 2012 onwards. The presentation will be accompanied by the launch of a new edition by the British artist on Monday 13 July from 9am.
Shrigley is best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that are deadpan in humour. He first made prints while studying at Glasgow School of Art by experimenting with woodcuts, lithographs, etchings and monoprints. His screenprints, however, are a more recent development in his practice. The artist explains, “the motivation for making them was that in the last seven or eight years I’ve made a lot of colour work on paper, acrylic paint on paper and I’m really aware that when you make works on paper they disappear quite quickly.” Shrigley continues, “I found that making screenprints was a way of kind of keeping hold of the work… it allows for the work still to be around somehow and for it to be seen in a lot of different places.” Recurring themes and thoughts pervade Shrigley’s screenprints, capturing child-like views of the world, the perspective of animals and the appreciation or criticism of music. These quick-witted works often reveal chance utterings and snippets of overheard conversations.
A new edition depicts a rainbow assortment of crayons accompanied by a request rendered in the artist’s distinctive handwriting to use them to “write all over your walls.” This work combines a humorous proclamation with painterly dexterity. The artist states, “I think screen printing in the way that I do it, it’s made with a lot of screens so it’s actually very difficult to tell the difference between the screenprint and the original painting. So even the more matte versus gloss parts of the paint is replicated in the screenprint. Sometimes the screenprint has more than 30 different screens. So I can’t really tell which is which unless I actually touch the surface of the screenprint.”