Born in Yorkshire and raised in Glasgow, Martin Creed came to prominence in 2001 when he won the Turner prize with ‘Work 227: The lights going on and off’. This controversial work involved the lights in an empty gallery being switched on and off at intervals, and is typical of the playful and understated nature of Creed’s work. His practice has been described as ‘a series of exercises in awareness,’ using commonplace materials and minimal intervention to draw to our attention things that we might otherwise overlook. Using materials as diverse as paper, music, air, light and text, experience is often key to understanding Creed’s work. He asserts that his art is ‘50% about what I make and 50% about what other people make of it.’
Martin Creed was born in Wakefield in 1968 and grew up in Glasgow. He currently lives and works in London and Alicudi, Italy. In 2001 Creed was the winner of the Turner Prize. His practice emerges from an ongoing series of investigations into commonplace phenomena. Creed’s works are identified primarily by numbers, so each piece is added to his catalogue system with equal status, regardless of its size, or what it is made of. His subtle interventions frequently reintroduce us to elements of the everyday. Creed’s choice and use of materials – plain A4 sheets of paper, blu-tak, masking tape, party balloons, simple or ‘unpoetic’ language as text or as lyrics to songs - is a thoughtful celebration of the ordinary, a focused reading of the ambiguity of everyday ‘stuff’.