Michael Craig-Martin

Violin plates (pink)

About The Artist

Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin Ireland in 1941. He grew up and was educated in the United States, studying Fine Art at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. He has lived and worked in Britain since 1966.

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Michael Craig-Martin, 'Violin Plates (pink)', 2016
Bone china, made and hand decorated with ceramic transfers in Stoke on Trent.
3 plates, 17cm, 21cm and 27cm in diameter
Published by Plinth

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Michael Craig-Martin was invited to design the programme for the Glyndebourne 2013 season. He decided to accompany the project by creating a limited edition set of plates as part of the series. In 2016, Craig-Martin has worked with Plinth to produce a new colour-way for an unlimited edition based on this first – ‘Violin Plates (pink)’. He says:

“I wanted to do something more than just reproduce one of my images on a plate. The surface area of a plate is comparatively small so I started thinking of making an image larger than the plate, showing only a fragment. Playing with this idea, I suddenly realized that because of its length and the fact it tapers towards the top, I could accommodate the entire image of the violin on a graduated sequence of 3 plates. It was an extraordinary coincidence it fit so perfectly.
I am happy that the plates can be used to eat from in an ordinary way, displayed on a table or a wall to re-assemble the violin, placed in an orderly stack from large to small, be used singly or simply mixed up in a group.“