Michael Craig-Martin is a UK-based artist who works with normal, everyday objects, simplifying them down into their basic shapes and assigns color to these shapes purely based on what color he believes belongs there.
I really enjoy his paintings because of their simplicity. Seeing his work makes me realize how complicated art can be in order to be “realistic,” when, in reality, Craig-Martin’s simple shapes and colors make the objects immediately recognizable. I think his painting’s simplicity in shape and color makes creates something that is relatable to all viewers.
Besides the everyday objects Craig-Martin paints, I really like his series “Seven Deadly Sins.” I think it’s very interesting to see what everyday objects he places throughout the lettering and provokes the thought of why those items were placed with that specific word, and whether those objects are supposed to represent that word or not.