Martin Creed, ‘Work No. 1685’, 2013, Gavin Brown's Enterprise

About Martin Creed

Merging art and life, Martin Creed uses ordinary materials and everyday situations to create multimedia works that have confounded and delighted viewers and critics for nearly 30 years. He rejects the term “conceptual” and calls himself an “expressionist,” referring to his notion that all art stems from feeling. His works run the gamut from deadpan, minimalist interventions to rapidly rendered, expressionistic portraits. He approaches art making with humor, anxiety, and experimentation, and with the sensibility of a musician and composer, underpinning everything he does with his open ambiguity about what art is. In 2001, he was awarded the Turner Prize for Work No 227: The Lights Going On and Off, which was exactly what its title describes, in an empty gallery. As Creed maintains: “Anything is art that is used as art by people.”

English, b. 1968, Wakefield, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

Solo Shows on Artsy

The Back Door, Park Avenue Armory, New York
Martin Creed: Understanding, Public Art Fund, Brooklyn
Sightings: Martin Creed, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas

Group Shows on Artsy

The Infinite Mix: Contemporary Sound and Video, Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London