The Catalan Suite I - Padlock
45 × 45 cm
Edition of 20 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
about this work
Throughout his career Michael Craig-Martin has explored the aesthetic and linguistic character of everyday, designer and iconic ‘art-historical’ objects which he has realised through a variety of media including paintings, sculpture, prints and computer animations.
about Michael Craig-Martin
A principal figure of British conceptual art, Sir Michael Craig-Martin probes the relationship between objects and images, harnessing the human capacity to imagine absent forms through symbols and pictures. The perceptual tension between object, representation, and language has been his central concern over the past four decades.
In his early work, Craig-Martin often incorporated readymades into sculpture and made knowing references to American Minimalism. His elegant restraint and conceptual clarity are exemplified by An Oak Tree (1973), comprising a glass of water on a shelf and a text written by him asserting that the glass of water is, in fact, an oak tree. This interest in semantics, the play between rhetoric and object, continues to be a core theme in his work.
In the 1990s, Craig-Martin made a decisive shift to painting and developed his hallmark style of precise, bold outlines demarcating flat planes of intensely vibrant colours. Through exacting draughtsmanship, he uses composition to explore spatial relationships by juxtaposing and layering colour.
(courtesy of Gagosian)