A brief introduction to one of the nominees for the 2013 Turner Prize
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, hes 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 Im dead.
What they say
Sometimes its hard being funny, because people wont 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