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The University of Stirling has exhibited three paintings by David Shrigley in the Pathfoot building.

Shrigley is an acclaimed British multimedia artist, exhibiting his work all over the world as well as online to his one million followers on Instagram.

All three paintings feature colorful depictions of a distress rocket exploding over the sea, literal heads in the clouds, and a stopwatch, all in Shrigley’s signature style.

According to Fiona Clasen, head of research and documentation at the university, “Shrigley’s quick-witted drawings and hand-rendered texts are generally deadpan in their humor and reveal casual lyrics like snippets of overheard conversations. .”

Shrigley’s appeal lies in the childish way of looking at the world, sometimes completely absurd, other times silly and playful, and sometimes serious, lightly exploiting themes like politics or the climate crisis.

“While drawing is central to her practice, Shrigley also works in a wide range of media, including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, painting, photography and music,” according to Clasen.

Clasen said the art collection currently focuses on “artists with a Scottish connection – whether they were born here, studied here, live here or are inspired by the country”.

Currently based in Brighton, Shrigley spent 27 years in Glasgow, where he also studied until moving in 2015.

Shrigley’s paintings are on display in the first gallery of the Pathfoot Building, directly across from the entrance to Corridor B.

The University purchased the paintings earlier this year, adding them to its collection, which has grown every year since its founding in 1967.

Since they are part of the permanent collection, they will stay there for a while before being rotated for another work, “but they will definitely be on display again in the future,” Clasen said.

Featured image credit: Simi Borovská


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