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Studio Sunday: Martin Creed

A photo of Martin Creed in his East London studio


It’s studio Sunday! Let’s visit the workplace of British artist Martin Creed. Creed is a multimedia artist whose works are often visually simple but conceptually deep. He won the Turner Prize in 2001 for Work No. 227: The Lights Going On and Off. The piece consisted of an empty room in a gallery in which the lights set to turn on and off every five seconds.


Creed’s studio in this photo looks tight and cluttered, but the white walls and packed bookshelf behind the artist create a feeling of brightness, and are rather welcoming. The artist himself looks rather quirky and right at home in this tiny, cluttered space. I like the two mock-ups or perhaps colour studies that are pinned to the wall in this photo. They’re right in fitting with the artist’s pop-like minimalist and playful art style.


I wonder what’s in the two cardboard parcel boxes on the table in this photo. The artist is known for his glass neon-sign installations – perhaps they could be fragile piece of neon lights or glass for other sculptures. I imagine it would be rather pleasant to sit in this studio with a bookcase in arms reach, for inspiration, and look out the window as I sketched out ideas. Because a number of the artist’s works are large scale, or made with specialized materials, it’s likely that some of the time he has to work in a more specialized space or fabrication plant.


Aside from his visual artistic practice, Creed is also a musician and has released seven albums to date. Some of our own artists also work closely with music, for instance, in musical paintings

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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