Conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin—who taught Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and others at London's Goldsmiths College in the 1970s—is often called the godfather of the Young British Artists. His early work referenced Minimalism and Dada’s depiction of mass-produced objects. These objects form Craig-Martin's most recognizable works, paintings in which about 200 familiar items (eyeglasses, milk bottles, scissors) are depicted both realistically and graphically, represented in lurid, unexpected color combinations and black outline.
His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others. He lives and works in London.