Michael Craig-Martin’s Fake print is typical of his depiction of everyday objects and marks his ability to refresh and re-present household things familiar to all of us.
The characters of everyday tools are explored through crisp outlines while the lettering of a single word is layered underneath to explore the relationship between word and image. For Craig-Martin, colour and line are key to his particular minimalist aesthetic, which has been imitated widely in the fields of art and design.
Michael Craig-Martin, born in Dublin in 1941, was educated at Yale University, where he studied Fine Art. His early work during the 1970s was influenced by philosophies of Minimalism, and Craig-Martin used household objects and materials to create his sculptures. During this period, and through the 1980s, he taught at Goldsmiths' College, London, where he exerted a considerable influence on his students: Julian Opie, Lisa Milroy, Ian Davenport, Gary Hume, Fiona Rae and Damien Hirst. In the 1990s his focus was directed towards painting, outlining shapes and motifs common to everyday life in lurid colours, in which his commitment to line drawing was - and is - articulated.
Recent group exhibitions include Drawings, Gagosian Gallery, London, 2004; Raised Awareness - Curated by Bill Woodrow, Tate Modern, London, 2005; Shanghai Biennale - Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, 2006 and ART Futures, Bloomberg Space, London, 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include MAGASIN-Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, 2006; Michael Craig-Martin, Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, Dublin, 2006 and Michael Craig Martin, A is for umbrella, Gagosian Gallery, London, 2007.