Oil on canvas1999
About the work
"Lighthouse" was commissioned from Michael Craig-Martin for the new British Embassy building in Moscow in 2001. The motifs included in the painting come from his repertoire of stock images. His idea to base this work around the central image of a torch was prompted by the tall round columns in the building in which the work is displayed. While his motifs are not always symbolic, the torch can be interpreted as alluding to the role of the embassy, and is complemented by the image of the globe. In addition to producing his own works of art, Michael Craig-Martin is recognised for his influential work as a teacher at Goldsmiths College in London.
About the artist
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.
- Oil on canvas
- height: 524.50 cm, width: 193.50 cm
- Commissioned from the artist, November 1999
- in pencil on verso: Michael Craig Martin 1999 "Lighthouse"
- Commissioned from the artist for the new British Embassy, Moscow, 1999
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