Drawing by David Shrigleyy
© David Shrigley

an Englishman in the land of Champagne

Through his singular vision of Maison Ruinart, British artist David Shrigley presents the champagne legacy with an offbeat and unrelenting sense of humor. Raising falsely innocent topics with a simple style, his mischievous art sheds a new light on the vineyard, its heritage and craftsmanship

His drawings are often paired with half-erased texts. Under a form of confession, list or question, he expresses his odd and disturbing observations. This sarcastic casualness with a hint of dark humour always got Shrigley apart from the other artists. Considering himself as an outsider in the art world, his way to describe the irrelevant aspects of the daily life with minimalism made him known. A singularity he has in common with Maison Ruinart who approaches deep subjects as champagne in a unique way.  Shrigley’s sharp eye studies the curious and well-kept secrets of champagne making.  

Drawings are not the only way Shrigley expresses himself: neon’s and sculptures are part of the artist’s language. It is with this artistic ease that David Shrigley embarks us on a benevolent and playful journey, provoking surprising conversations between nature, the wine-making process and those who savour Ruinart around the world. From vine to wine, including the assemblage, Shrigley transcribes his view of this process very specific to the Champagne region. A genuine and approachable art that speaks as much to beginners as to experts. This great versatility allows him to be appreciated by everyone while remaining faithful to himself.

Shrigley draws his inspiration from around us: he observes the world we are living in to highlight the daily life nonsenses. It is then obvious that he cares for our planet and the changes that it is currently facing. Shrigley’s artworks act as a bubbly eye-opener to the environmental concerns that inspire Maison Ruinart.

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