London based artist David Shillinglaw was born of British parents in 1982 in the Middle East, which may explain his thirst for travel and exhibiting in galleries worldwide. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2002 he has exhibited in galleries in Japan, China, Holland, and cities such as NY, London, Berlin and Istanbul.
Shillinglaw has worked amongst some key members of the Urban Art community, assisting Dalek during his residency at Elms Lester in 2009, as well as exhibiting in group show ‘Art For Haiti’ in February 2010 which also featured work by Matt Small, Remi Rough, Jaybo Monk, Pure Evil, D*Face, amongst other notable artists.
In October 2010 Shillinglaw’s first published book, Colourful Condition, was launched at Agnes b Headquarters in Covent Garden. Colourful Condition is a perfect bound, 100 page book of selected works by David Shillinglaw, with a Foreword by notorious Street Art writer King Adz, and an Introduction by gallerist Drew de Soto.
Shillinglaw’s work moves between street and studio, from small hand made books, to paintings on canvas, and large scale wall murals. David has enjoyed applying his fine art practice to a number of other contexts, which range from theater set designs, to album cover design. Past commissions include illustrations for The British Council Annual Report.
Shillinglaw describes, “Life is a struggle. For everyone. From the smallest insect to the greatest beast, we are determined by the success we seek, and how, in turn we measure that success. Each of us experiencing ups and downs. Peaks and troughs. Like a game of snakes and ladders.”
“I enjoy the way people use language to define a feeling or physical condition. We support what we think, feel, say, and mean, with often ridiculous idioms and metaphors; placing frogs in throats and fires in belly’s, in order to paint a picture of something invisible and abstract. I feed on these very human expressions. I find day-to-day, conversational poetry casts a warm light on an otherwise very calculated, systematic, clinical and scientific world.
My work is about people. Human nature. Both the civilized and monstrous, the stupid and articulate.”
Happy Friday, and welcome to my April newsletter.
In July I’m writing to you from sunny Cape Town, South Africa, where I’ve been spending the past few weeks as Artist In Residence at /A WORD OF ART, alongside Canadian artist Indigo.