Artist’s Profile

Michael Craig-Martin RA

Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin in 1941 and educated in the US 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 Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.  

Craig-Martin was appointed Royal Academician in 2006 and was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours. Chief coordinator of the Royal Academy’s 2015 Summer Show, the artist has been the subject of recent solo presentations at London’s Serpentine Gallery and Chatsworth House.

Craig-Martin published his first book of collected writings, On Being an Artist, in 2015.

Photograph courtesy Michael Craig-Martin © Mike Hoban

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