b. 1968, United Kingdom

Martin Creed Artworks

Martin Creed labels and identifies his artworks by numbers. By doing so, he gives each work equal status, irrespective of its material, shape, or size. Creed developed this distinctive approach to avoid decision-making and to explore the dilemma he faced of wanting to simultaneously make something and nothing.

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The Ordinary and the Everyday

In Work No. 227: The lights going on and off (2000), Creed challenges traditional museum standards by manipulating the existing light fittings of the exhibition space. By seizing an empty room and switching the lights on for five seconds and then off for five seconds, Creed forms a new atmosphere that toys with viewers' experience and expectations. Viewers' impression of time and space is altered, and a focus on the physicality of the room comes into play.

Work No. 227: The lights going on and off (2000) is part of a wider series of work that aims to investigate the ordinary and the everyday. Creed's oeuvre praises the mundane by using materials like Blu-Tak, party balloons, and masking tape in his artwork.

Creed submitted Work No. 227: The lights going on and off for the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery, London in 2001. He was awarded the prestigious prize and received £20,000 in prize money.

Public Commissions

Everything Is Going To Be Alright (1999) is a series of neon-light installations that is regarded as one of the artist's most important works. The neon installation displays the phrase 'Everything Is Going To Be Alright' in colourful lettering, 13 metres in length and half a metre in height.

Intended for display at a height across the façade of a building, Creed's installation functions as a tool for the artist to communicate with his audience. Creed is prompting a reaction from viewers who try to decode his statement's ambivalent meaning. The use of neon—a raw gas that cannot be seen—plays into Creed's conflicting desire to create something and nothing from his art.

The work was originally commissioned for the Clapton Portico in Hackney, London. It has since been displayed at a number of other settings around the world, in countries including Italy, America, Scotland, and New Zealand.

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Work No. 756 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Martin Creed Work No. 756, 2006 Paper
42.6 x 28.5 x 2.5 cm
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Work No. 1864 Jimmy by Martin Creed contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Martin Creed Work No. 1864 Jimmy, 2014 Pen and pencil on paper
21 x 29.7 cm
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Work No. 1498 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork painting
Martin Creed Work No. 1498, 2013 Gouache on canvas
22 x 16 cm
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Work No. 3113TREES FLOWERS SEAS PLEASE by Martin Creed contemporary artwork painting
Martin Creed Work No. 3113 TREES FLOWERS SEAS PLEASE, 2018 Acrylic, charcoal, graphite and oil on canvas
152.7 x 122 x 2 cm
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Work No. 3009Tunnel on a bridge on a cloud by Martin Creed contemporary artwork mixed media
Martin Creed Work No. 3009 Tunnel on a bridge on a cloud, 2018 Ink on paper on canvas
30.5 x 25.4 cm
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Work No. 3093Difficult Thoughts by Martin Creed contemporary artwork moving image
Martin Creed Work No. 3093 Difficult Thoughts, 2018 Digital film
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Work No. 3071Peanut Butter On Toast by Martin Creed contemporary artwork sculpture
Martin Creed Work No. 3071 Peanut Butter On Toast, 2018 Patinated bronze, gold
3.8 x 6.5 x 8 cm
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Work No. 2971Bridges under water by Martin Creed contemporary artwork mixed media
Martin Creed Work No. 2971 Bridges under water, 2018 Ink and paper on canvas
40.6 x 50.8 cm
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Work No. 2966 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork mixed media
Martin Creed Work No. 2966, 2018 Acrylic, graphite, ink and paper on canvas
30 x 16.5 cm
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Work No. 2965Self portrait in a hair net with mouth open by Martin Creed contemporary artwork works on paper
Martin Creed Work No. 2965 Self portrait in a hair net with mouth open, 2014–2018 Graphite and coloured pencil on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
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Work No. 2907 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork works on paper
Martin Creed Work No. 2907, 2018 Ink on paper
21 x 14.8 cm
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Work No. 2460 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork painting
Martin Creed Work No. 2460, 2015 Acrylic on board
40 x 30 x 3.5 cm
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Work No. 2735 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork mixed media
Martin Creed Work No. 2735, 2016 Chairs
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Work No. 843 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork painting
Martin Creed Work No. 843, 2007 Emulsion on wall
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Work No. 583 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork moving image
Martin Creed Work No. 583, 2006 Four channel video installation on monitors; 35mm film transferred to DVD, colour, sound, loop
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Work No. 2556 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork moving image
Martin Creed Work No. 2556, 2015 4 min 16 sec, edition of 3 + artist proof
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Work No. 1876 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork painting
Martin Creed Work No. 1876, 2014 Acrylic on canvas
30.5 x 25.4 cm
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Work No. 2577 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork painting
Martin Creed Work No. 2577, 2015 Acrylic on canvas
40.6 x 30.5 cm
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Work No. 2574 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork sculpture
Martin Creed Work No. 2574, 2015 Bricks
59 x 21 x 22.5 cm
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Work No. 2557 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork sculpture
Martin Creed Work No. 2557, 2015 Steel I-beams
235 x 110.4 x 22.8 cm
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Work No. 2568 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork installation
Martin Creed Work No. 2568, 2015 Spray paint
Variable dimensions
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Work No. 2559 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork sculpture
Martin Creed Work No. 2559, 2015 Steel I-beams
184 x 184 x 23 cm
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Work No. 2553 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork painting
Martin Creed Work No. 2553, 2015 Acrylic on canvas
380 x 150 cm
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Work No. 2558 by Martin Creed contemporary artwork sculpture
Martin Creed Work No. 2558, 2015 Steel I-beams
325 x 60 x 22.5 cm
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