Visual art comes in all shapes and sizes. And while for many, a true work of art is something extremely detailed, colorful, that which speaks volumes with its expression, there are people who take a more minimal and straightforward approach to art.

And you know what? Both approaches are effective in conveying everything that art should convey.

David Shrigley is a UK-based visual artist who does the latter. Well, OK, saying his art is minimal and straightforward is pure understatement as it’s much more than that. It’s intricately simple and straight to the point with its mostly monochromatic, uncluttered, cartoony aesthetic and overall message literally written on the picture.

Bored Panda invites you take a deep dive into the visual art of David Shrigley. We’ve also got in touch with the artist for an interview, so be sure to read it while you scroll. And why not vote and leave a comment on the best ones with what you think about it!

More info: davidshrigley.com | Instagram | Twitter

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N G
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3 months ago

If this isn't about orange man... I'll be disappointed

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MsM
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3 months ago

I know. And it's OK.

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Night Owl
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3 months ago (edited)

The only constant thing is change so no, it won't

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David doesn’t shy away from sensitive topics and expresses himself in a crude, but honest way. Swear words are no stranger to his art... unlike visual subtlety. Don’t be surprised to see images like a devil fornicating on the floor or pure nudity in his art.

It’s somewhat random, for a lack of better words, but it’s a good kind of random—a perceptive and defamiliarizing approach, one that keeps people coming back to explore topics or concepts not many necessarily think about. Parts of it are funny, others are sarcastic, yet others are critical. And it's best experienced individually.

Drawing is an integral part of who David is as a person. “Drawing makes me happy. Every day that I draw is a good day. I think that I always wanted to be an artist even before I knew that such a profession might be a possibility,” he told Bored Panda.

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Night Owl
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3 months ago (edited)

Occupational therapy. Hopefully he'll get better with practice

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Leonor Pereyra
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3 months ago

I´m not sure if I could...!

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MsM
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3 months ago

NAILED it

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He went into detail about his artistic process: “I find that the best way to work is to try to fill a specific number of sheets of paper in a day. 30 seems to be a good number for me. I seem to have more success with drawing if I try to convince myself that I’m doing something other than making art,” he said.

“If I just think of my task as being to fill 30 sheets of paper then this seems to be a lot easier somehow,” he added.

David told Bored Panda that he discards a lot of the drawings that he does. He estimates that around 70 percent of his art doesn’t see the light of day.

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Jessica Cole
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3 months ago

Love this style

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MsM
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3 months ago

You will be a good doggo and shall receive all the cuddles and treats.

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MsM
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3 months ago

TELL IT

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“I like to think that everything has the potential to be art or garbage and it doesn’t matter which it is as long as the drawing in question is finished. Ideally, I like to put all the drawings I make away for a few weeks before I decide what gets kept. That way I can look at them with fresh eyes.”

He continued: “Another method of working that I have is to write a list of things to draw before I start; a tree, an elephant, a lorry, an orgy, etc. This gives each drawing a starting point. Once I have started, the drawing usually manages to get somewhere. I think the starting point is important for an artist. Once you’ve started the battle is half-won.”

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Gwen Pollock
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3 months ago

It also prevents you from being kidnapped easily!

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Damon Gates
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3 months ago

Art isn't finished, it's abandoned. So the answer is "When you can't stand to work on it anymore!"

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Bob Belcher
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3 months ago

Nah, that's just an eye of a hurricane.

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According to David, his artwork isn’t really about anything in particular. He said that certain themes might repeat themselves but it’s not something that he’s consciously aware of while he’s in the flow and drawing. “I guess, my work is mostly intuitive. You could say it was an elaborate form of doodling.”

The artist tends to use ink and brush or water-based marker pens for his elaborate doodles. “I try to work on a larger scale than the drawing might be reproduced at. Images reproduce better if they are scaled down from the original. I read that in a ‘How To Be A Cartoonist’ book. It was the only piece of information in there that was any use,” he quipped.

David also gave young artists a single piece of advice that he thinks will benefit them the most: “There are no rules. You can do whatever you want.”

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Night Owl
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3 months ago

I, for one, welcome our new dust bunny overlords

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0foxgiven
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3 months ago

quarantine be like

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Bob Belcher
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3 months ago

Until your bladder relaxes and you have to pee every 5 mi utes for the next two hours.

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MsM
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3 months ago

I like this just for the fact that it's a vinyl record.

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Kenny Kulbiski
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3 months ago

Gonna need more than one lighter.

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Damon Gates
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3 months ago

If we haven't done it, we want to.

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Brie
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3 months ago

or they will come for you...

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MsM
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3 months ago

Find yourself a corned beef and I'm in.

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Podunkus
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3 months ago

Happens automatically after every seven years.

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Bob Belcher
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3 months ago

We all live in our own reality with our own truths and ideals. When someone tells you that your reality is fake or stupid, your subconscious reaction is to be defensive because you are being attacked. This is why sitting down and talking is a much better solution to name calling and yelling in a relationship.

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FurryManiac
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3 months ago

what I say to my dad on summer trips

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Your Mother
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3 months ago

What ants think

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Podunkus
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3 months ago

That’s because you’re pronouncing it wrong. It’s Wingardium leviOsa, not levioSA. Make the “gar” nice and long.

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MsM
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3 months ago

Been there, done that. 😂

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Karen Calloway
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3 months ago

The story of my life

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Night Owl
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3 months ago

In my mind I'm hearing that in Siri's/GPS girl's voice

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FurryManiac
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3 months ago

me getting ready for classes in the morning(before quarantine)

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MsM
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3 months ago

BRUH

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MsM
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3 months ago

I can't. There's no witch's hat pictured 😂

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aj
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3 months ago

*perfeggt

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Gillian Stover
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3 months ago

into madness....

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Pusfarm
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3 months ago

And I thought I was cynical.

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FurryManiac
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3 months ago

no pants either

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Pam Olson
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3 months ago

So true.

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Damon Gates
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3 months ago

And I squashed you. I hope you don't mind.

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N G
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3 months ago

Said picasso?

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Bob Belcher
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3 months ago

Unless your a man lol

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Your Mother
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3 months ago

Smoosh it!!!

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elia 84631
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3 months ago

Undertale vibes

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Lynsey Mooney
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3 months ago (edited)

Who invited Nosferatu?? People know to never invite vampire into the party tut tut amateurs😏😏

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Dilly Millandry
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3 months ago

You can add things to it to make it yummier!

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togcrewsc
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3 months ago

"I will send a battalion to kill all your friends and family to remind you of my love. da da da da DIE dadada da DIE dada da da DIE da Daaaaaahhhhhhhh"

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