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David Shrigley Revamps London's Sketch Restaurant, Showcasing Largest Body of Work Ever (VIDEO)

06/13/2014 05:37 am ET | Updated Aug 12, 2014
  • Crane.tv Contemporary Culture Video Magazine

Few artists would fancy following on from Martin Creed but if there's anyone who can rise to the challenge it's David Shrigley. The Glasgow-based Turner prize nominated artist is the latest resident at London's Sketch restaurant.

The co-owner of Sketch Mourad Mazouz said "I think I cried with happiness when David Shrigley's name was proposed."

With 239 works on display, the Gallery is now home to the largest group of original drawings Shrigley has ever exhibited. But that's not the only transformation diners will witness. The room is pink. Very pink.

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Teheran-born India Mahdavi is responsible for this rose wash-over. The spirit is playful, simple and works as a backdrop to Shrigley's drawings and custom-designed ceramics.

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Not known to do things in halves, Sketch also enlisted the help of London-based fashion designer Richard Nicoll to create uniforms for all waiters. For the girls, the design is a play on Nicoll's signature T-shirt dress silhouette; for the boys, a smart, grey boiler suit.

Sketch was inaugurated in 2002 by restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and chef Pierre Gagnaire, as a destination for food, art and music. Over the past decade, the venue has hosted over fifty exhibitions of artists' moving image including work by Carsten Nicolai, John Baldessari, Jonas Mekas, Silvie Fleury, Mary Ellen Bute, Charles & Ray Eames and Michael Nyman.

Shrigley was recently selected for the Fourth Plinth Commission which will launch in London's Trafalgar Square in 2016.

Text by Fiona Sinclair Scott for Crane.tv

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