Michael Craig-Martin Artworks

An Oak Tree (1973) is Michael Craig-Martin's most well-known artwork. In this work, Craig-Martin places a glass of water on a shelf and displays a text alongside it that argues what viewers see is in fact an oak tree. By deliberately declaring the impossible, Craig-Martin examines our understanding of art and the process of conceptual thinking.

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Similar to the Catholic belief that bread and wine are converted into the body and blood of Christ while appearing physically as bread and wine, Craig-Martin uses An Oak Tree as an art object that requires a transformative vision to believe the glass of water could actually be an oak tree.

Craig-Martin is also known for his brightly coloured paintings of everyday objects like headphones, coffee cups, and umbrellas. Begun in 1981, these paintings present mundane objects out of context and out of scale, in colours that are often disconnected with the actual object's appearance.

Craig-Martin's paintings are reminiscent of pop art. Each painting features bold black outlines juxtaposed with intense blocks of colour to create powerfully simple compositions.

Of these paintings, Craig-Martin told Ocula Magazine, 'My drawings are traditionally observational, each made by looking at a single object. I want my drawings to seem so obvious they "disappear" leaving only the object. ... I sought originally to make drawings that were styleless, but ironically they are now recognisable as my style.'

Physics by Michael Craig-Martin contemporary artwork sculpture
Michael Craig-Martin Physics, 1987 Aluminium and painted steel with artificial rock
106.3 x 181.6 x 11.5 cm
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White Interior with Figure by Michael Craig-Martin contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Michael Craig-Martin White Interior with Figure, 1987 Aluminium, painted steel and oil on canvas
213.4 x 266 x 20.3 cm
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Hands Face Space by Michael Craig-Martin contemporary artwork works on paper, print
Michael Craig-Martin Hands Face Space, 2021 Archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm
42 x 30 cm
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Untitled (with bowling ball) by Michael Craig-Martin contemporary artwork painting
Michael Craig-Martin Untitled (with bowling ball), 2020 Acrylic on aluminium
200 x 200 x 2.5 cm
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Untitled (iPhoneX) by Michael Craig-Martin contemporary artwork painting
Michael Craig-Martin Untitled (iPhoneX), 2019 Acrylic on aluminium
90 x 90 cm
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Untitled (high heel) by Michael Craig-Martin contemporary artwork painting
Michael Craig-Martin Untitled (high heel), 2013 Acrylic on aluminium
60 x 60 cm
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Untitled (robot floor cleaner) by Michael Craig-Martin contemporary artwork painting
Michael Craig-Martin Untitled (robot floor cleaner), 2014 Acrylic on aluminium
122 x 122 cm
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Art for Life by Michael Craig-Martin contemporary artwork print
Michael Craig-Martin Art for Life, 2020 Lithograph on paper
76 x 49.5 cm
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Lightbulb by Michael Craig-Martin contemporary artwork print
Michael Craig-Martin Lightbulb, 2015 Digital inkjet print on Hahnemühle photo rag bright White 310gsm
50 x 50 cm
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Love/Glove by Michael Craig-Martin contemporary artwork print
Michael Craig-Martin Love/Glove, 2011 Screenprint comprised of six colours on 410gsm, Somerset Satin paper
72.4 x 66.2 cm
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