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Michael Craig-Martin, b.1941

Eye of the Storm2003

During the 1990s the focus of Craig-Martin’s work shifted decisively to painting, and to increasingly complex site-specific wall paintings. Ordinary but carefully selected functional objects are rendered in a flat graphic manner, sharply outlined without tonal variations or surface texture. His paintings are conceptual rather than painterly and gesture is reduced, if not removed. Craig-Martin uses colour as an extension of drawing, using it to distinguish between one object and another, or one part of an object and another. It is used as a way of isolating the parts; their inside and outside and/or the materials they are made from.

MediumAcrylic on canvas
Dimensions335.3 x 279.4 x 4.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2005
Item NumberIMMA.1765
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Michael Craig-Martin, Eye of the Storm, 2003, Acrylic on canvas, 335.3 x 279.4 x 4.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2005

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About the Artist

Michael Craig-Martin b.1941

Born in Dublin, Michael Craig-Martin studied art at Yale University in America in the 1960s, where he was influenced by theories of conceptual art. In the 1980s Craig-Martin taught at Goldsmith’s College and was significant influence on the emerging YBA generation. Craig-Martin's early art practice involved the use of ready-mades. During the 1990s the focus of his work moved to painting, and to increasingly complex site-specific wall paintings. In 1996 Whitechapel Gallery, London held a retrospective of his work and in 2006 IMMA presented ‘Michael Craig-Martin: Works 1964-2006’. — View Artist »