What the Hell are You Doing?: the Essential David Shrigley, Paperback Book

What the Hell are You Doing?: the Essential David Shrigley Paperback

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A beautifully designed and darkly comic collection of work, this book gathers together the best of Shrigley's work, old and new.

It is a celebration of the surreal world of one of our finest contemporary artists.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Comic book & cartoon art
  • ISBN: 9781847678638

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It’s very hard to put my finger on why I find some of Shrigley’s work so funny. To dissect it or to try to describe it doesn’t do it justice, and to analyze it intellectually seems silly (and the type of thing he would happily mock). I’ll just say you have no idea from page to page what you’re going to see next, and that he pokes at how silly we are (or fragile, or mean, or…) with the absurdity of what he draws. Where he really gets me is with the timing and redundancy of some of his lines, and suddenly I find myself laughing out loud. Maybe an acquired taste, and certainly some are funnier than others, but I round up to four stars because of his creativity and inventiveness.