British artist David Shrigley has transformed the Sketch restaurant in London into a contemporary art gallery with soft pink art deco furniture designed by India Mahdavi accompanied by hundreds of his new drawings.
239 works will line the restaurant’s walls, forming the largest group of original drawings David Shrigley has ever exhibited. The drawings, touching on the grand themes of life, death and beyond, will offer points of departure for diners to muse on.
The exhibition continues on the restaurant tables: Shrigley has understood the dining table as an auxiliary exhibition space, a platform for the presentation of new work by himself and Master Chef, Pierre Gagnaire. The work will comprise new ceramic tableware, manufactured by British heritage brand Caverswall featuring Shrigley’s distinctive mordant drawings and texts, in a holistic interaction with Gagnaire’s food.
The meal itself becomes a site-specific sculptural work that references sketch’s location in the heart of London’s West End and invites diners to respond with their own thoughts and reactions.
Additionally, fashion designer Richard Nicoll has created bespoke uniforms for the restaurant staff to wear — for women: the design is a play on Nicoll’s signature t-shirt dress silhouette; for men: a grey boiler-suit.
all images courtesy of DAVID SHRIGLEY