Martin Creed

Work No. 1102

About this artwork

‘Work No. 1102’ is part of a series of paintings that Creed created with brushes of varying sizes that come in a set. Using each brush to make one line, each slightly shorter than the one before, a pyramid of steps is created. This incrementation plays with ideas of growth and progress. Creed has said: “I find that it’s difficult to choose, to decide that one thing’s more important than the other ... So what I try and do is to choose without having to make decisions”. With this in mind, paintings such as this which utilise the given size of the brushes in a set, Creed allows the physical qualities of the material to dictate its own painted form. This idea of stacking or staircases is visible in much of Creed’s work.

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  • artist:
    Martin CreedScottish (born 1968)
  • title:
    Work No. 1102
  • date created:
    2011
  • materials:
    Acrylic paint on canvas
  • measurements:
    61.00 x 45.70 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS Presented by the artist jointly to National Galleries of Scotland and Tate and acquired with assistance of the ARTIST ROOM Fund, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation 2011
  • accession number:
    AR01150
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Martin Creed

Martin Creed