Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present ‘Multiple III’, the third iteration of its annual exhibition of editions by gallery artists. This year’s online presentation brings together a complete catalogue raisonne? of David Shrigley’s screenprints from 2012 onwards and is accompanied by the launch of a new edition by the British artist.
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.