Born in Ireland, Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE RA studied in America. A childhood obsession with classic American cars was replaced as a teenager with a love for art, although images of the American everyday continue to appear in his work. On returning to the UK, he became a key figure in British conceptual art and an influential educator, linked in particular to the Young British Artists including Damien Hirst and Gary Hume RA.
Craig-Martin cites his ‘rationalism’ as the root of his practice. His works transform recognizable objects – sneakers, headphones, watches and, most recently, Modernist buildings – with bold color and simplified lines.
Craig-Martin is the latest subject of a three-year curatorial partnership between The Gallery at Windsor, Florida, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, initiated to celebrate the latter’s 250th anniversary. This book reproduces a selection of his paintings, prints and sculptures, with a foreword by The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, an insightful essay by the art critic Ben Luke and an exclusive interview between Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the RA, and the artist.
ISBN: 978-1-912520-15-2, paperback, 80 pages, 35 illustrations, published by Windsor Press and the Royal Academy of Arts, first edition (January 2019).