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David Shillinglaw

About

David Shillinglaw is London-based artist born to British parents in Saudi Arabia. Thirty-six-year-old David has worked as an artist since graduating from Central St Martin’s in 2002. Though has reflected in a recent interview about first creating art at four years old, then influenced by ancient Egypt.

David’s work ranges from studio to street art: from small handmade book drawings and paintings on canvas to large scale wall murals. He is also a skilled sculptor and ceramicist. David referenced among his influences aspects of international travel, culture, and food. He cites artists, authors, philosophers and musicians among his mentors. These range from El Greco to Simon Evans, William Burroughs to Richard Brautigan, and Miles Davis to Kurt Cobain. As such, he has applied his work to theatre set designs and album cover designs. His preference is to work in the primary colours of red, blue and yellow and bright colours.

One critic described him as ‘a mind adventurer, where the left half of the brain explores the right one. Unanswered, impulsive, instinctive and restless: he doesn’t paint or draw, he creates time. He is not afraid to humanise his art. He incorporates the perceptual concern of his journey as a man with his own sense of humour. The result is a powerful and fresh interpretation of everyday reality in which the works mirror the artist and his experience. His art has the appeal of a friendly, subtle, self-effacing folk inspired Pop that presents the ordinary while delighting the viewer by showing them that you have your best conversation with yourself.’

David Shillinglaw aims to construct a visual world that celebrates and incorporates the ingredients of what it means to be human; constructing heavily layered and detailed descriptions while also reducing and simplifying ideas into abstractions that seek to describe the complexities and simplicities of the human condition.The work is a celebration of difference, and coexistence a global and local story telling the way we communicate to one another and to ourselves.

We are all strong, we are all vulnerable, we are all hungry, we are all courageous, we are all hideous, and we are all fantastic.

MURALS

Abraxas Coffee Shop, Amsterdam with Olivier Vrancken

Catacomb at 35 Tours, Paris 2012 Amsterdam Mural with Pipsqueak inside original Keith Haring frame

Moniker Projects Wall Murals– Great Eastern Street, London

Wide Open Walls – Gambia 2012-present

Murals including Utopia Café and Restaurant for AptART – Irbid, Jordan

Easy Rider Rusty River Rasta – Vietnam

The Berlin Ice Factory, Berlin

Assisted The Agents of Change mural at Karpo hotel in London, with Remi Rough + others

Woodstock, Cape Town 2011 Athens

Redchurch Street, London with Malarko

Denver, Colorado 2015 Austria

Forum Przestrzenie – Krakow, Poland 

Brooklyn 2016 Reeperbahn Festival, Germany

Rooftop Mural, Greece

AptART Mural on Elpida, Refugee Shelter – Thelassoniki, Greece

Mural with Lily Mixe at Curio Cabal, East London

Lake Erie, Cleveland Mural, Ohio 

Mural Urban Spree Art Gallery Berlin

Heart for A Heart Mural for The British Heart Foundation

St Mungo’s Hostel Covent Garden, London

The Beaumont Studios for Vancouver Mural Festival

Mural Zurich, 2017 Zeltand House, Clifton Street, London

Geology inspired mural Mexico

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

“What is Your Poison?” Affordable Art Fair Installation – Turner Barnes Gallery

‘Space Is the Place” – Andenken Gallery

2017

‘The Mechanics of Happiness’ – Palm Tree Gallery, London

Vancouver Mural Festival, Vancouver

‘Remote Control’ – Helium Cowboy, Hamburg Tales of Ordinary Madness – That Art Gallery

2016

‘Optical Delusion’ – Jealous Gallery

2015

‘You Are Here’ – Scream, London

2013

‘My idea of fun’ – Solo show at Stolen Space, London

‘Dizzy Spells’ – Kingston Smith, London

2012

‘Dance of 1000 faces’ book launch and solo exhibition at Open Space gallery

‘High Spirits’ Opperclaes gallery Rotterdam

Print release and solo exhibition with ‘Something in the attic’ in Notting Hill, London

2011

‘Hobo Chic’ Solo exhibition. Negre Gallery,  London

2010

‘Self Medication’ Solo exhibition. The Hospital Club, London

‘Trouble in the Backyard’ Solo exhibition. Subwalk Gallery, Arnhem, Netherlands

Artist in residence, HeadSpace Gallery, Nara, Japan

‘Dancing in your Sleep’ Solo exhibition. Freud Gallery, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

2009

‘Get Up An Antenna’ Solo exhibition. Macondo Gallery, London

‘Blue Berlin’ Solo exhibition. Agnes B, Spitalfields, London

‘Knee Jerk’ Solo exhibition.Nancy Victor Gallery, London

‘Chaos is my Favourite Colour’ Solo exhibition. Freud, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

‘Dumbfounded’ Solo exhibition. The Here Gallery, Bristol

2008

‘The Saved and The Damned’ Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton Square, London

‘Toil and Trouble’ Solo exhibition. Macondo Gallery, Hoxton Square, London

‘Monkey Puzzle’ Solo exhibition. Sehubabe design, Liege, Belgium

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

AAF Battersea – Turner Barnes Gallery

Art on The Mind – 10 Hanover, London

Imago: A History of Portraits – Museum of Urban Contemporary Art, Munich

The Shrining – House of Vans, London

Dirty Paradise – Jealous Gallery, London 

Moniker Art Fair, London, 2017 Altered States – Saatchi Gallery

She Lights Up the Night – Protein Gallery with Christie’s Auction House

Affordable Art fair Hampstead

Urban masters – Opera gallery

Street Art News group show in Paris

Group exhibition, residency at The Singer Sweat Shop, Rotterdam

Curated group exhibition at The Nancy Victor gallery, with artists such as Sickboy, Jaybo Monk, Matt Small and Remi Roug

Group exhibition ‘Nostalgia’, with site specific mural at The Rook and Raven gallery, London

‘Everything Must Go’ Exhibition with Indigo, ‘A Word of Art’ gallery, Cape Town

‘Paper, Scissors, Stone’ Group exhibition. Singer Sweat Shop, Rotterdam, Netherlands

‘Numb Skull’ Collaboration with Remi Rough. Nowhere North gallery, London

‘Stroke’ Urban Art fair, with Honeycomb Projects. Zurich, Germany

‘Art For Haiti’ Group charity exhibition. ‘Au Secours’ London

‘Locking Horns’ Collaboration with Jim sanders, Artist residency

Nowhere North gallery, London 

‘Inky Goodness’ Group exhibition. Birmingham

‘Decked’ The art of skate board decks – Stolen Space Gallery, London

‘Bon Voyage’ Friends And Enemies project. Berlin, Germany

‘Curious Fiend’ Magazine launch and group exhibition. Nowhere North gallery, London

‘Visionaries’ Group exhibition. WallSpace Gallery, London

Nancy Victor Xmas Show, Group show. Nancy Victor gallery, London

‘Collision’ Group exhibition. Peckham, London

‘Dreaming Of Babylon’ Group exhibition. Agnes b, Covent Garden, London

‘Animals’ Group exhibition. 96 Gillespie Gallery, London

‘When Things Come Together’ Group exhibition. Nowhere North gallery, London

‘Happy Medium’ Nancy Victor Gallery, London

‘Status Imprecise’ Group exhibition of three artists. Siemens Senat, Istanbul, Turkey

PUBLICATIONS

Author Dizzy Spells by David Shillinglaw

The Mechanics of Happiness by David Shillinglaw

Dance of 1000 Faces by David Shillinglaw

Colourful Condition by David Shillinglaw

Edited Volume The Jaunt – Combining the Two Best Things In Life by The Jaunt

MURALS

  • Abraxas Coffee Shop, Amsterdam with Olivier Vrancken 2013
  • Catacomb at 35 Tours, Paris 2012 Amsterdam Mural with Pipsqueak inside original Keith Haring frame 2014
  • Moniker Projects Wall Murals– Great Eastern Street, London 2013
  • Wide Open Walls – Gambia 2012-present
  • Murals including Utopia Café and Restaurant for AptART – Irbid, Jordan 2014
  • Easy Rider Rusty River Rasta – Vietnam 2014
  • The Berlin Ice Factory, Berlin 2014
  • Assisted The Agents of Change mural at Karpo hotel in London, with Remi Rough, LXOne, Augustine Kofie and Steve More 2012
  • Woodstock, Cape Town 2011 Athens 2014
  • Redchurch Street, London with Malarko, 2014
  • Denver, Colorado 2015 Austria 2015
  • Forum Przestrzenie – Krakow, Poland collaboration with Lily Mixe and Mörny Wörny 2016
  • Brooklyn 2016 Reeperbahn Festival, Germany, 2016
  • Rooftop Mural, Greece 2017
  • AptART Mural on Elpida, Refugee Shelter – Thelassoniki, Greece, 2017
  • Mural with Lily Mixe at Curio Cabal, East London, 2017
  • Lake Erie, Cleveland Mural, Ohio with Ohio City Inc and Street Art Ohio City, 2017
  • Mural Urban Spree Art Gallery Berlin 2017
  • Heart for A Heart Mural for The British Heart Foundation, 2017
  • St Mungo’s Hostel Covent Garden, London, 2017
  • The Beaumont Studios for Vancouver Mural Festival, 2017
  • Mural Zurich, 2017 Zeltand House, Clifton Street, London, 2017
  • Geology inspired mural Mexico, 2018

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • “What is Your Poison?” Affordable Art Fair Installation – Battersea Autumn, Turner Barnes Gallery
  • ‘Space Is the Place” – Andenken Gallery

2017

  • ‘The Mechanics of Happiness’ – Palm Tree Gallery, London Vancouver Mural Festival, Vancouver
  • ‘Remote Control’ – Helium Cowboy, Hamburg Tales of Ordinary Madness – That Art Gallery, Bristol

2016

  • ‘Optical Delusion’ – Jealous Gallery

2015

  • ‘You Are Here’ – Scream, London

2013

  • ‘My idea of fun’ – Solo show at Stolen Space, London Dizzy Spells – Kingston Smith, London

2012

  • ‘Dance of 1000 faces’ book launch and solo exhibition at Open Space gallery, Paris Solo exhibition
  • ‘High Spirits’ at Opperclaes gallery Rotterdam
  • Print release and solo exhibition with ‘Something in the attic’ in Notting Hill, London

2011

  • ‘Hobo Chic’ Solo exhibition. Negre Gallery, Columbia Road, London

2010

  • ‘Self Medication’ Solo exhibition. The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London
  • ‘Trouble in the Backyard’ Solo exhibition. Subwalk Gallery, Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Artist in residence, HeadSpace Gallery, Nara, Japan
  • ‘Dancing in your Sleep’ Solo exhibition.Freud Gallery/Bar, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

2009

  • ‘Get Up An Antenna’ Solo exhibition. Macondo Gallery, Islington/Hoxton Square, London
  • ‘Blue Berlin’ Solo exhibition. Agnes B, Spitalfields, London
  • ‘Knee Jerk’ Solo exhibition.Nancy Victor Gallery, London
  • ‘Chaos is my Favourite Colour’ Solo exhibition. Freud, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
  • ‘Dumbfounded’ Solo exhibition. The Here Gallery, Bristol

2008

  • ‘The Saved and The Damned’ Solo exhibition. Standpoint Gallery/ Gallery 1.1, Hoxton Square, London
  • ‘Toil and Trouble’ Solo exhibition. Macondo Gallery, Islington/Hoxton Square, London
  • ‘Monkey Puzzle’ Solo exhibition. Sehubabe design, Liege, Belgium

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • AAF Battersea – Turner Barnes Gallery, 2018
  • Art on The Mind – 10 Hanover, London, 25 April 2018
  • Imago: A History of Portraits – Museum of Urban Contemporary Art, Munich 18 July – 4 Nov 2018
  • The Shrining – House of Vans, London, 2017
  • Dirty Paradise – Jealous Gallery, London 20-23 April 2017
  • Moniker Art Fair, London, 2017 Altered States – Saatchi Gallery, September 2017
  • She Lights Up the Night – Protein Gallery with Christie’s Auction House, London 2016
  • Affordable Art fair Hampstead 2014
  • Urban masters – Opera gallery 2012
  • Street Art News group show in Paris 2012
  • Group exhibition, residency at The Singer Sweat Shop, Rotterdam 2012
  • Curated group exhibition at The Nancy Victor gallery, with artists such as Sickboy, Jaybo Monk, Matt Small and Remi Rough 2012
  • Group exhibition ‘Nostalgia’, with site specific mural at The Rook and Raven gallery, London 2012
  • ‘Everything Must Go’ Exhibition with Indigo, ‘A Word of Art’ gallery, Cape Town 2011
  • ‘Paper, Scissors, Stone’ Group exhibition. Singer Sweat Shop, Rotterdam, Netherlands 2010
  • ‘Numb Skull’ Collaboration with Remi Rough. Nowhere North gallery, London 2010
  • ‘Stroke’ Urban Art fair, with Honeycomb Projects. Zurich, Germany 2010
  • ‘Art For Haiti’ Group charity exhibition. ‘Au Secours’ London 2010
  • ‘Locking Horns’ Collaboration with Jim sanders, Artist residency. Nowhere North gallery, London 2009
  • ‘Inky Goodness’ Group exhibition. Birmingham 2009
  • ‘Decked’ The art of skate board decks. Group exhibition, Stolen Space Gallery, London 2009
  • ‘Bon Voyage’ Group exhibition. Friends And Enemies project. Berlin, Germany 2009
  • ‘Curious Fiend’ Magazine launch and group exhibition. Nowhere North gallery, London 2009
  • ‘Visionaries’ Group exhibition. WallSpace Gallery, London 2009
  • Nancy Victor Xmas Show, Group show. Nancy Victor gallery, London 2008
  • ‘Collision’ Group exhibition. Peckham, London 2008
  • ‘Dreaming Of Babylon’ Group exhibition. Agnes b, Covent Garden, London 2008
  • ‘Animals’ Group exhibition. 96 Gillespie Gallery, London 2008
  • ‘When Things Come Together’ Group exhibition. Nowhere North gallery, London 2008
  • ‘Happy Medium’ Nancy Victor Gallery, London 2008
  • ‘Status Imprecise’ Group exhibition of three artists. Siemens Senat, Istanbul, Turkey 2008

PUBLICATIONS

  • Author Dizzy Spells by David Shillinglaw, 2014
  • The Mechanics of Happiness by David Shillinglaw 2017
  • Dance of 1000 Faces by David Shillinglaw 2012
  • Colourful Condition by David Shillinglaw 2010
  • Edited Volume The Jaunt – Combining the Two Best Things In Life by The Jaunt, 2015

 

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