Taking inspiration from French outsider artist Jean Dubuffet, David Shillinglaw creates bold landscapes and impulsive patterns. From his sunny studio in Margate, his canvases erupt with expressive colour. Informed by the brutal beauty of nature, his artworks attempt to unravel landscapes in a series of patchwork puzzles, wordplay, and meandering maps. A frequent collaborator with his artistic partner, Lily, and inspired by his young daughter, he describes his paintings as ‘love letters’ to his family. 

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'The Overview Effect' (print detail)

'Oil Sugar Cobalt' (print detail)

Video courtesy of David Shillinglaw and Nick JS Thompson

David Shillinglaw

The Artist

David Shillinglaw

David Shillinglaw is a UK based artist, best known for his works exploring human nature, success and failure and the language people use in the context of their experience. Born in 1982 in Saudi Arabia to British parents, he grew up in London and went on to graduate from Central Saint Martin’s in 2002. He works between street and studio spaces, and uses a wide range of mediums to inspire creativity. From small handmade books and paintings on canvas, to large scale murals, theatre set design and album covers. His past commissions include illustrations for the British Council Annual Report and murals for Converse and the Dulwich Picture House. He has exhibited in galleries in Japan, China, The Gambia, Holland and key cities such as New York, London, Berlin and Istanbul. At present, he lives and works in Margate.