Elena Bowes

New York-London design & culture writer of a certain vintage looking for meaning and wholeness in life

Come for Caviar, Quail’s Egg and a Giggle at Sketch

June 19th, 2014
Unique Finds

Diners will have much to muse on at Sketch Gallery Restaurant where celebrated artist David Shrigley has blanketed the walls of this chic eatery with his familiar cartoon-like drawings with biting captions. All  239 of these acid sharp, satirical  works are for sale via the Stephen Friedman Gallery (£2,300 each plus VAT) and very tempting. My sister thought this one below screamed me. Haha.

SHRIG 1912 Untitled

I begged to differ and told her that the drawing below was much closer to the real moi.

SHRIG 2012 Untitled

Shrigley’s works deal with life’s everyday fears and banalities.

SHRIG 1941 UntitledOr turning overheard snippets of conversation into farcical images.

SHRIG 2053 Untitled

 The Turner-prize nominated artist didn’t stop at the walls. He also designed ceramics for Sketch. Here are some witty salt and pepper shakers. Diners who want for nothing can have that too.


 A spot of tea?


The Glasgow-based artist said:

“It will be the first artwork that I have made that can go in the dishwasher. It will be very clean artwork.”

That’s not all that’s new in the Gallery Restaurant. The large brasserie has a soothing, new look – soft rose and feminine –  thanks to Paris-based architect and designer India Mahdavi.


 And don’t forget to powder your nose in Sketch’s cute cubicles.


Shrigley will be making a sculpture for the Fourth Plinth Commission on Trafalgar Square in 2016.

June, 2014