Life Is Fantastic features one of David Shrigley’s most familiar motifs: a cartoonishly cheerful thumbs-up, combined here with a ludicrously oversized, bubblegum-pink ice cream cone. The form of the ice cream riffs on the Olympic torch, which has represented the positive values associated with the Games since ancient Greek times. In classic Shrigley style, Life Is Fantastic is a light-heartedly satirical yet ultimately optimistic representation of the Olympic spirit. Anti-monumental and child-like, it recalls Shrigley’s commission for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth: a 10-metre high bronze thumbs-up titled Really Good (2016).
David Shrigley's hilarious and disturbing doodles, sculptures, and anecdotes depict the world as an absurd place. He embraces the paranoias, obsessions (stalking is a favourite theme), insecurities, moral conundrums, preoccupations, and anxieties of everyday life. Everyone is fair game for his humour, from the British Royal Family to his peers in the art world. From the childlike renderings and messy handwriting of his drawings to the spontaneous "public" projects documented in photographs and his playful sculptures, his work is anti-monumental and whimsical, but inherently sincere.