London’s newest innovation in the restaurant world is a collaborative project between artist David Shrigley and Masterchef Pierre Gagnaire at Sketch Restaurant in London.
Shrigley is one of the UK’s most lively artists. He studied and now lives in Glasgow. He is best know for his amusing and irreverent cartoons but also works in other media including sculptural images of naked human-type beings and animals. Next year his sculpture of a bronze “thumbs-up” called “Really Good” will be displayed on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square.
On the project at Sketch: “Crisp and clean with a touch of his signature humour, Shrigley’s ceramics works with Gagnaire’s food to reconstruct the tabletop into its own exhibition space. The guest will find their own meaning in the interaction among the graphics, tableware and food. The Gallery will also showcase one of the largest groupings to date of the artist’s drawings. He will create 239 new and unique drawings specifically for the project.”
In addition to the drawings that surround the room, Shrigley has created a full set of ceramic dinnerware with rims with his sketches on rims and inside the bowls, plates and cups.
“This is very fancy compared to the way I normally dine,” Shrigley says with a laugh, admiring the afternoon tea that includes quail egg and caviar sandwiches and “mousse malabar” marshmallows. “On a basic human level, dining is very elemental. From that point of view the restaurant setting suits my subject matter, which is all aspects of human existence.”
Book now – this will be the restaurant to go to this summer and the dinnerware is for sale, with proceeds going to a youth charity.