Focus on Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin
Portfolio 1996

Focus on Craig-Martin

Each month we take a closer look at one of our Broadgate artists; this month is the turn of Michael Craig-Martin, the artist who created Portfolio, located on the ground floor lobby of 199 Bishopsgate. 

Now that spring is approaching, the sun is starting to shine and Broadgate's shops are beginning to fill with the new season's bright and colourful must-haves. One artist whose work is characterised by iconic items and vibrant hues is Michael Craig-Martin. His ten piece work Portfolio is displayed in the ground for lobby of 199 Bishopsgate – next time you’re passing, pop inside to take a closer look. 

You can see new works by Michael in London later this month when Objects of our Time will be on display at Alan Cristea Gallery from 28 March to 2 May. This exhibition will be accompanied at the same gallery by a second display of Master Prints selected by Michael Craig-Martin. If you're travelling north for work, or looking for a relaxing spring break you can also see new sculpture and works by the artist on display at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire from 16 March to 29 June.

Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin in 1941 and educated in America where he studied at Yale University. Returning to Europe in the mid-1960s he became a key figure in the first generation of British conceptual artists. As a tutor at Goldsmith's College in London during the 1990s, Craig-Martin had significant influence on two generations of young British Artists including Damien Hirst, Julian Opie, Ian Davenport and Gary Hume. 

Making use of art historical sources, Michael Craig-Martin creates images from everyday objects, suffusing them with high-pitch tone and colour before presenting them in a crisp and impersonal manner to the viewer. These works are realised in a variety of media including paintings, sculpture, prints and, most recently, computer animations. Craig-Martin was appointed Royal Academician in 2006 and his work has been the subject of Retrospective Exhibitions at The Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Arts Centre in Tokyo. His work is held in numerous museum collections worldwide including London's Tate, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and MoMA in New York.

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