David Shrigley is a Glasgow based artist. Born in Macclesfield on 17 September 1968, he grew up in Oadby, Leicestershire, England. He attended City of Leicester Polytechnic’s Art and Design course in 1987-1988, and subsequently studied Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art from 1988-1991. Shrigley is a lifelong supporter of Nottingham Forest FC.
Although he works in various media, he is best known for his mordantly humorous cartoons released in softcover books and on postcards. As well as authoring several books, he directed the video for Blur’s "Good Song" and also for Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s "Agnes, Queen of Sorrow”. Since 2005, he has contributed a cartoon for The Guardian’s Weekend magazine every Saturday. He is represented in Paris by the Yvon Lambert Gallery, and in 2005 designed a London Underground leaflet cover.
Shrigley co-directed an animate!-commissioned film with award-winning director Chris Shepherd called "Who I Am And What I Want", based on Shrigley’s book of the same title. He also produced a series of drawings and T-shirt designs for the 2006 Triptych festival, a Scottish music festival lasting for three to four days in three cities. He has also designed twelve different covers for Deerhoof’s 2007 record, "Friend Opportunity".
The name of Jason Mraz’s third studio album "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things" is a reference to a piece of art by Shrigley which caught Mraz’s attention while he was travelling through Scotland.