A brief introduction to one of the nominees for the 2013 Turner Prize

Turner Prize 2013 - David Shrigley installation

David Shrigley’s installation for the Turner Prize 2013

David Shrigley
Life Model 2012 (installation)
© David Shrigley
Tate Photography: Lucy Dawkins

Nominated for

His solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery, David Shrigley: Brain Activity

Who he is

‘When I was six, I could draw a dinosaur better than anyone else in my class,’ says Shrigley, ‘but this was 1974 and the class was 20 random children in the suburbs of Leicester.’ Nearly 40 years later, he’s still drawing dinosaurs among many, many other things – a multitude of crude, dark, thoughtful and hilarious cartoons. He also makes videos and sculptures, often with a surreal but affecting one-liner, such as in his most famous work, a stuffed dog holding a sign that says simply ‘I’m dead.’

What they say

Sometimes it’s hard being funny, because people won’t take you seriously. Yet the world needs jesters, and like the best cartoonists and satirists, Shrigley is blessed with a unique mind.
Alastair Sooke, The Telegraph

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The Turner Prize 2013 exhibition runs until 5 January 2014 in Derry~Londonderry. The winner is annouced Monday 2 December 2013