Influential conceptual artist Craig-Martin was born in Dublin in 1941. He grew up and was educated in the United States, studying Fine Art at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. He has lived and worked in Britain since 1966.
Craig-Martin explores the aesthetic and linguistic character of everyday objects. Through this depiction of the manufactured and ordinary, objects are often paired – in dialogue with one another – or scaled up to an enormous size. The works, rendered in vibrant, animated hues represent a continuation of the visual language that Craig-Martin has developed over the past 40 years. They are a means of interpreting the world as we experience it in the 21st Century.
Over the past 42 years he has had numerous exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums across the world. These include the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Kunstvereins in Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, and Hanover, Germany, the Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia and Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria. He represented Britain in the 23rd Sao Paulo Biennal. A retrospective of his work was presented at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, in 1989 and a second was held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin in 2006.
Recent solo exhibitions include Less is Still More at Krefeld Museum Haus Esters, Sculpture at Chatsworth House in association with Gagosian Gallery and Objects of Our Time at Alan Cristea Gallery.
Craig-Martin is currently presenting his first major museum show in Asia at the Himalayas Museum, Shanghai. Michael Craig-Martin NOW features 50 new paintings and runs until 31 March 2015.
Craig-Martin was an influential teacher at Goldsmiths College London. He was a Tate Trustee 1989-99, was awarded a CBE in 2000 and elected an RA in 2006. He is currently a trustee of the Art Fund.
He is represented in London by Gagosian Gallery and Alan Cristea Gallery.
We are incredibly grateful to Michael Craig-Martin and the team at the Alan Cristea Gallery for their generosity and hard work in producing Lightbulb.
Paper size 60cm x 60cm
Image size 50cm x 50cm
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