Since the 1970s, Michael Craig-Martin has created much of his work using the same palette of fourteen vivid colours. He also uses a limited repertoire of symbols so, for example, the metronome in this work is also featured in his paintings Knowing (1996) in the Tate Collection and Inhale (Yellow) (2003) at Manchester Art Gallery. The images used are intended to be emblematic of the 'essence' of that particular article, however, their meaning alters as they are viewed within new contexts. Craig-Martin initially uses a computer to work out the composition of a work, experimenting with the size, position and colour of each component.
Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin, but moved to the United States as a child, returning to Britain in 1966. His first solo exhibition was at the Rowan Gallery in London in 1969. Since then he has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, around the world. He has also taught at Goldmiths College, London, since the early 1970s and Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas are among his former students.
A hugely influential figure in the art world, Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin, grew up in the United States, and has lived in Britain since 1966. A major retrospective of his work was held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1989. His exhibitions have included large-scale wall drawings in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and wall paintings at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He is widely acknowledged for his influence as a teacher at Goldsmiths’ College in London, where he has taught since the early 1970s and where Young British Artists’ Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas number among his former pupils. Craig-Martin is Professor Emeritus of Fine Art at Goldsmiths; has been a Trustee of the Tate since1989, and was made a CBE in 2001.
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