Michael Craig-Martin

Hands, face, space

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Year 2020
Medium Unique digital print
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

During lockdown I naturally drew the objects that dominated our lives: masks, bottles of hand gel, laptops. I also broke with my usual practice of primarily drawing commonplace man-made objects and for the first time made drawings of a wide range of fruit and vegetables. I never now draw on paper, only directly on a computer. These drawings were produced by digital printing in my studio. They are unique signed studies for possible future paintings and prints.

About the artist:

Born 1941 Dublin, Michael Craig-Martin lives and works in London. Graduated from MFA Yale University School of Art and Architecture (1966).

Craig-Martin’s work has led him to explore the parameters of two-dimensional pictorial image making through drawings, paintings, sculpture, prints, and installations based primarily on intensely coloured images of ordinary, instantly recognizable, mass produced objects.

His works are held in public and private collections including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Arts Council of Great Britain, London; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Selected exhibitions include Sculpture, Gagosian Gallery, London (2019); Transience, Serpentine Gallery, London (2015-16); Michael Craig-Martin at Chatsworth, Chatsworth House, Bakewell (2014); Less is still more, Krefeld Museum, Haus Esters, Krefeld (2013); Signs of Life, Kunsthaus Bregenz (2006); Michael Craig-Martin: Works1964-2006, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006); ModernStarts: Things, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1999-2000); and sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, Kunstverein Hannover (1999); Michael Craig-Martin, British Pavillion, 24th Sao Paulo Biennale (1998); Private space, public space, Centre Pompidou, Paris (1994); Michael Craig-Martin: A Retrospective 1968-1989, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1989); Michael Craig-Martin, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw (1979); Michael Craig-Martin:10 works, 1970-77, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (1978); IX Biennale des Jeunes Artistes, Biennale de Paris (1975); and The New Art, Hayward Gallery, London (1972).

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