© Michael Craig-Martin. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Image credit: Government Art Collection

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In this bold painting by Michael Craig-Martin, ordinary objects are depicted against a coloured background, neither touching nor overlapping one another. These discrete images appear unrelated to each other conceptually as well as compositionally: what exactly links a bunch of keys with a chair? The disparity of scale adds to our sense that the artist's choice of objects was arbitrary. Craig-Martin typically works with a restricted (but vivid) palette of colours and repertoire of images. He views his works as 'pictorial readymades', referring to the practice of elevating ordinary objects to the status of 'Art', simply by virtue of having been selected by the artist.

Government Art Collection







acrylic on canvas


H 198.5 x W 152.5 cm

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purchased from the Waddington Galleries, 1998

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