David Shrigley is an elderly gentleman with white hair and one eye. He is acutely shy due to a speech impediment and spends almost all his time without human company. He lives in Scotland and spends most of his time drawing pictures and tending to his pet budgerigar.
He creates drawings, sculpture, photographs, tattoos and animation. He has also published over thirty books of his work, most recently What The Hell Are You Doing?, a compendium of new and selected work.
2012 saw a major retrospective of his artwork at the Hayward Gallery, on the South Bank in London, as well as a performance of his opera, Pass the Spoon. In 2013, he was nominated for the Turner Prize.
He has been described by Dave Eggers as 'probably the funniest gallery-type artist who ever lived,' and is often called upon to speak about his work to companies such as Nokia, MEC and Adidas, for insights into his mind.