Michael Craig-Martin (b. 1941) is an Irish born artist who went on to study in America before returning to the UK where he had his first solo show in 1969. He is thought of as a key figure among artists of his generation, as well as a huge influence on younger British artists through his career teaching at Goldsmiths. He is considered a key figure in nurturing the YBAs such as Damien Hirst, Gareth Hume and Sarah Lucas. Over his 50 year career he has developed an original and easily identifiable style using a vast range of objects as his unique visual vocabulary. Craig-Martin’s works blurs the line between design and art and raises the everyday item to the iconic. Craig-Martin was knighted in 2016, elected to the RA in 2006 and has work in international collections such as Victoria and Albert Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Harvard University Art Museum.