Artist David Shrigley tells us about the honour of having David Bowie as a fan

"There could be no higher endorsement as far as I am concerned"

Artist David Shrigley has responded to Duncan Jones revealing that his late father David Bowie was a fan of his work.

Shrigley, who was nominated for a Turner Prize in 2013 and famously designed the ‘thumbs up’ Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2016, is known and loved for his rough cartoon style.

Yesterday saw Bowie’s son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, take to Twitter to pay tribute to his father on what would have been his 71st birthday. Jones shared a card he made for his father on his 69th birthday to tell him the news that he was going to be grandfather. Stenton was born shortly after Bowie’s passing.


“8th of Jan again,” wrote Jones, re-sharing the image from 2016. “A strange feeling for me. I know how excited dad was to have a grandson on the way, & I made this card for his birthday having told him a month earlier he was going to be a grandad. Makes me smile at our shared goofy sense of humour. Happy birthday dad!”.

Jones went on to reveal that both he and his father ‘loved’ the work of Shrigley, who had inspired the design of the card.


Now, Shrigley has told NME that it is an honour to have counted Bowie among his fans.


“I’ve had a few celebrities who have liked my work over the years,” Shrigley told NME. “Some have even purchased original pieces but I’d have to say the revelation that David Bowie liked it eclipses everything. There could be no higher endorsement as far as I am concerned.”

He continued: “Though at the same time it compounds the feeling of sadness that he is no longer with us. Like John Peel’s passing; it is a loss that is taking a long time to accommodate.”

Meanwhile, Jones – director of the films Moon and Source Code – recently launched a “David Bowie Book Club” in honour of his father.

He took to Twitter to launch the club, describing his late father as “a beast of a reader.”

Duncan Jones and David Bowie
Duncan Jones and David Bowie

The Celebrating David Bowie tour

To mark Bowie’s death, this week will see an array of musicians who worked with the late artist during his esteemed career tour a set of his greatest hits for ‘Celebrating David Bowie’. The concert series was initially introduced with an inaugural live show at London’s Brixton Academy back in January.

Among the artists set to feature on the tour are pianist Mike Garson, King Crimson’s Adrian Belew, Carmine Rojas, Fishbone lead singer Angelo Moore, Gerry Leonard and Gaby Moreno. The tour’s official site also promises ‘special guests’ across the live shows.

Tour dates are below, with tickets on sale here.

January 2018

10 – Salle Pleyel, Paris
12 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
13 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
15 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin
16 – Paradiso, Amsterdam
17 – Tivoli Vredenburg, Ultrecht

February 2018

10 – Silver Spring, MD at The Fillmore Silver Spring
11 – Philadelphia, PA at Keswick Theatre
12 – New York City, NY at Irving Plaza
13 – Albany, NY at The Egg
16 – Boston, MA at Chevalier Theatre
17 – Montreal, QC at M Telus
18 – Toronto, ON at Danforth Music Hall
19 – Detroit, MI at Royal Oak Music Theatre
21 – Minneapolis, MN at Pantages Theatre
22 – Milwaukee, MN at Pabst Theatre
23 – Chicago, IL at The Vic Theatre
25 – Denver, CO at Paramount Theatre
27 – Las Vegas, NV at Brooklyn Bowl

March 2018

4 – Santa Rosa, CA at Luther Burbank Center
6 – San Diego, CA at Balboa Theatre
7 – Mesa, AZ at Ikeda Theater
10 – Seattle, WA at Benaroya Hall
11 – Portland, OR at Roseland Theater