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, The Gambia, Holland, and key cities such as NY, London, Berlin, and Istanbul.
About Shillinglaw’s book, ‘The Dance of 1000 Faces’, introduction written by jaybo Monk
The Dance takes the form of a book; an exhibition and selection of journal drawings, paintings and murals from 2010-2012. The book provides an insight into the cryptic and the detailed, often very personal, artwork that David produces while on his travels. For Shillinglaw, the journal is the destination. This book draws a link between the sketch book drawings made “on the road”, and the larger murals and studio paintings, showing the starting points and final outcomes, each revealing where the ideas start, and in turn how they become larger-than-life public art pieces. “The Dance of 1,000 Faces” is a chance to see physical paintings scattered about The Globe, and also the internal workings of David’s mind.
‘Evident in all his work is that David Shillinglaw 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. His art has the appeal of Pop but a friendly, subtle, self effacing Pop that presents the ordinary and delights the viewer when he shows that you have your best conversation with yourself.’
Shillinglaw’s work moves between street and studio, from small hand made books, to paintings on canvas, and large scale wall murals. He has also applied his fine art practice to a number of other contexts, which range from theatre set designs, to album cover designs. Past commissions include illustrations for The British Council Annual Report, murals for Converse and The Dulwich Picture House. and a limited edition bag design for Agnes b.
“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 bellies, 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.”
SELECTED PROJECTS, COMMISSIONS AND EXHIBITIONS.
invitation to install window gallery at new Museum space opening in Berlin, 2014. Along side artists such as Ron English, Know Hope, and Klone Yourself.
Featured artist at the Moniker Art Fair, London.
‘Dizzy Spells’ solo show at Kingston Smith, London.
Release of limited edition screen print with Jealous Gallery, London.
Affordable art fair, London. Kapow screen print for sale with Scream Editions, Image of Kapow used for press mail out.
Press features in Financial Times, Design Week and ES magazine.
Mural commission for ‘Baroque The Streets’, alongside Roa and Connor Harrington, London.
Art installation at End of the Road festival, UK.
Mural commission for Converse, to paint entire building on Great Eastern Street, London.
Art installation at Latitude festival, UK.
Mural commission to paint 60 rooms at the Hoax hotel, alongside Reka and Remi Rough.
‘Wide Open Walls’ art project, The Gambia.
Mural commission for Whitecross street art festival, London.
‘My idea of fun’ Solo show at Stolen Space, London
Press features in London Metro, Hunger, i.d. magazine, The Guardian.
Four, 5 metre murals on Great Eastern Street walls.
‘Kapow’ Limited edition screen print released at Scream Editions, London.
Private commission for Tottenham Hotspur football club, London.
Release of Limited edition artwork and products with Art Wednesday.
Urban masters show with Opera gallery, alongside Shepard Fairey, Banksy, C125, and many others.
‘Dance of 1000 faces’ book launch and solo exhibition at Open Space gallery, Paris.
‘My bag’ commission for Agnes B. Limited edition travel bag release, alongside artists such as BAST and JonOne
Solo exhibition ‘High Spirits’ at Opperclaes gallery Rotterdam.
Painting trip to Kosovo, with MAC (Manchester Aid to Kosovo)
Print release and solo exhibition with ‘Something in the attic’ in Notting Hill, London.
Group show/ residency and street painting in Berlin.
Wide Open Walls, art project in The Gambia, with Roa, SheOne, Best Ever and Xenz.
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 Rough.
Assisted The Agents of Change mural at karpo hotel in Lonodn, with Remi Rough, LXOne, Augustine Kofie, and Steve More.
Group exhibition ‘Nostalgia’, with site specific mural at The Rook and Raven gallery, London.
Artwork for album cover ‘Screaming Is Something’ by The Travelling Band
‘Everything Must Go’ Exhibition with Indigo, ‘A Word of Art’ gallery, Cape Town.
Artist in residence at ‘A Word of Art’ gallery, Cape Town
‘Hobo Chic’ Solo exhibition. Negre Gallery, Columbia Road, London.
‘Self Medication’ Solo exhibition. The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London.
Launch of ‘Colourful Condition’, a book of selected artworks by David Shillinglaw.
Agnes B Headquarters, Covent Garden, London.
‘Paper, Scissors, Stone’ Group exhibition. Singer Sweat Shop, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Artwork for The Travelling Band’s 7” single, ‘The Horizon, Me and You’
Also featured in Design Week Vol 25, Page 5
‘Numb Skull’ Collaboration with Remi Rough. Nowhere North gallery, London.
‘Trouble in the Backyard’ Solo exhibition. Subwalk Gallery, Arnhem, Netherlands.
‘Stroke’ Urban Art fair, with Honeycomb Projects. Zurich, Germany.
Artist in residence, HeadSpace Gallery. Nara, Japan.
‘Dancing in your Sleep’ Solo exhibition. Freud Gallery/Bar, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
‘Art For Haiti’ Group charity exhibition. ‘Au Secours’ London.
‘Locking Horns’ Collaboration with Jim sanders, Artist residency. Nowhere North gallery, London.
‘Get Up An Antenna’ Solo exhibition. Macondo Gallery, Islington/Hoxton Square, London.
‘Inky Goodness’ Group exhibition. Birmingham.
Mural at Green Belt Festival, Gloucester. Commissioned by WallSpace Gallery, London.
‘Decked’ The art of skate board decks. Group exhibition, Stolen Space Gallery, London.
‘Blue Berlin’ Solo exhibition. Agnes B, Spitalfields, London.
Assistant to Dalek, Elms Lester gallery, London.
‘Bon Voyage’ Group exhibition. Friends And Enemies project. Berlin, Germany.
‘Knee Jerk’ Solo exhibition.Nancy Victor Gallery, London.
‘Curious Fiend’ Magazine launch and group exhibition. Nowhere North gallery, London.
‘Chaos is my Favourite Colour’ Solo exhibition. Freud, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
‘Visionaries’ Group exhibition. WallSpace Gallery, London.
‘One Picture Exhibition’ Window display. 96 Gillespie Gallery, London
Commissioned wall mural
Toby Gillingham, Physical Theatre Space. London
‘Dumbfounded’ Solo exhibition.The Here Gallery, Bristol.
Cover design for Don’t Panic, Nationwide.
‘In Watermelon Sugar’ Theatre set design and live drawing performance.
Chicken Shed Theatre Company, London
‘The Saved and The Damned’ Solo exhibition. Standpoint Gallery/ Gallery 1.1, Hoxton Square, London.
Nancy Victor Xmas Show, Group show. Nancy Victor gallery, London.
‘Toil and Trouble’ Solo exhibition. Macondo Gallery, Islington/Hoxton Square, London.
‘Collision’ Group exhibition. Peckham, London.
British Council, Illustration for Annual Report 2007-2008.
‘Dreaming Of Babylon’ Group exhibition. Agnes b, Covent Garden, London.
‘Monkey Puzzle’ Solo exhibition. Sehubabe design, Liege, Belgium.
‘Animals’ Group exhibition. 96 Gillespie Gallery, London.
‘When Things Come Together’ Group exhibition. Nowhere North gallery, London.
‘Status Imprecise’ Group exhibition of three artists. Siemens Senat, Istanbul, Turkey.