Martin Creed

Mar­tin Creed (Eng­lish, b.1968), is a sculp­tor and instal­la­tion artist, known for incor­po­rat­ing every­day objects into his pieces. He has worked with a range of medi­ums, includ­ing paint­ing, draw­ing, film, and music

He is often labeled a late con­cep­tu­al­ist, mixed with ele­ments of min­i­mal­ism, but prefers to be called an expres­sion­ist. Mar­tin Creed was born in Wake­field, York­shire, and raised in Glas­gow. The artist stud­ied paint­ing at the Slade School of Fine Art in Lon­don from 1986 to 1990. He became dis­il­lu­sioned with his lim­i­ta­tions of expres­sion with paint­ing, and stopped for a num­ber of years until 2005, when he debuted his high­lighter pen draw­ings. Since then, he has pro­duced show after show of paint­ings amongst his provoca­tive instal­la­tion works. Mar­tin Creed is best known for his win­ning sub­mis­sion to the 2001 Turner Prize for Work No. 227: The Lights Going On and Off. The work con­sisted of an empty room in which the lights peri­od­i­cally switched on and off. As with this work, much of his oeu­vre cen­ters on process, respond­ing to the imme­di­ate sit­u­a­tion or envi­ron­ment. He pushes the enve­lope in a less sub­tle way in Work No. 610: Sick Film and Work No. 660: Shit Film, films in which a per­son walks into a stark white space and either vom­its or defe­cates before walk­ing away. In addi­tion to his career as an artist, Mar­tin Creed fronts a rock band, Owada, formed in 1994, which per­forms inter­na­tion­ally and plays a part in some of his works. He has had solo exhi­bi­tions at the Tate Britain, the Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou, and at his rep­re­sen­ta­tive gal­leries, Hauser & Wirth and Gavin Brown’s Enter­prise. Mar­tin Creed has also exhib­ited in group exhi­bi­tions at the Venice Bien­nale and the Museum of Mod­ern Art, New York, NY. The artist lives and works in Lon­don, UK, and Alicudi, Italy.

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