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Michael Craig-Martin

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Untitled (WHO) Acrylic on Aluminium 200 X 215 Cm © Galerie Haas & Fuchs
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Untitled (dark grey/blue), 2009 Acrylic on Aluminium 121.9 X 91.4 Cm © Galerie Haas & Fuchs
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Ok, 2009 Acrylic on Aluminum 48 X 48 Inches © The Goss-Michael Foundation
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Sex, 2007 Acrylic on Aluminum 78 11/16 X 90 5/8 Inches © The Goss-Michael Foundation
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Untitled (Bucket) , 2009 Acrylic on Aluminium 182.9 X 152.4 Cm / 72 X 60 in © Courtesy of the artist & PKM Gallery
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Installation Image, Feb 6 - April 24, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas
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Everything, 2009 Inkjet Printing on Vinyl Dimensions Variable
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Art (red), 2010 Acrylic on Aluminium 120 X 122 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Haas & Fuchs
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Alan Cristea Gallery - 31 Cork St
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Untitled (Image), 2010 Acrylic on Aluminum 121.9 X 121.9 Cm © Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
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Violin, Sofa, Soup Can, Chair, Cork Screw, Light Bulb, 2013 A Series of 6 LED Lightboxes © Courtesy of the Artist and Alan Cristea Gallery
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Alan Cristea Gallery- 34 Cork St
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Untitled (headphones), 2014 Acrylic on Aluminum 78 3/4 X 78 3/4 Inches 200 X 200 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & The Gagosian Gallery
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Ashtray, 2014 © Courtesy of the Artist and Alan Cristea Gallery- 34 Cork St
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Untitled (xbox control) , 2014 Acrylic on Aluminium 200 X 200 Cm © Michael-Craig Martin. Photo: Mike Bruce; Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Dublin, Ireland
Birth year
1941
Lives in
London
Works in
London
Statement

Michael Craig-Martin is a contemporary conceptual artist and painter. He is noted for his influence over the Young British Artists, many of whom he taught, and for his conceptual artwork, An Oak Tree.

Craig-Martin's style of detached conceptualism, minimal construction by the artist and the use of readymade techniques inspired by Marcel Duchamp had a marked impression on his students, as did an educational structure based on multi-media, removing traditional departmental demarcations such as "painting", "sculpture" and "time-based [film] media".

In 1974,he exhibited the seminal piece An Oak Tree. The work consists of a glass of water standing on a shelf attached to the gallery wall next to which is a text using a semiotic argument to explain why it is in fact an oak tree. Nevertheless, on one occasion when it was barred by Australian Customs officials from entering the country as vegetation, he was forced to explain it was really a glass of water. The work was bought by the National Gallery of Australia in 1977; however, the Tate gallery has an artist's copy.

Craig-Martin's later works have used a stylised drawing technique often depicting everyday household objects and sometimes incorporating art references, such as objects known from their use in Dada artworks. There is no differentiation in treatment, which consists of black line drawings with lines of equal mechanical width and brightly coloured images, which have been compared to "nursery" colours. The work can be done on canvas with (acrylic) paint or with other methods, such as using black tape to make the lines. In the Intelligence show at Tate Britain he completed an entire room in this fashion.

Craig-Martin has been a trustee of the Tate Gallery and is a trustee of the National Art Collections Fund.

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