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Michael Craig-Martin

(1941-), Artist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Born in Ireland, Craig-Martin studied in America before moving to Britain in 1966. Influenced by conceptualism and minimalism, he came to prominence for An Oak Tree (1973), consisting of a glass of water on a shelf and a semiotic text. As a senior tutor at Goldsmith's College from 1973, he fostered the early careers of the YBAs. Craig-Martin's output spans sculpture using household materials, printmaking and stylised painting, generally of everyday objects, using black outline and vivid colours. 'Except for eating and sleeping I virtually live here. I come to the studio between nine and 10 in the morning, and I usually stay until seven or eight in the evening'.

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Dame Zaha Hadid, by Michael Craig-Martin - NPG 6840

Dame Zaha Hadid

by Michael Craig-Martin
wall mounted LCD screen with integrated software, 2008
NPG 6840



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