Martin Creed (born in 1968) is a British artist and musician. He grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, and later went on to study at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. After art school he lived and worked in London until 2001 when he moved to the island of Alicudi, Italy.
Respecting things for the way they are, Creed’s work engages in minimal interventions. Since 1987 he has numbered each of his works which vary in medium from paintings, films, installations and live-action sculptures. In 2001 he won the Turner Prize with his Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, which was exactly what it’s title describes, an empty gallery. He was praised by the jury for his audacity in exhibiting just one, simple and thought-provoking installation.
Creed approaches art making with humour, anxiety and experimentation. With the sensibility of a musician and composer he underpins everything he does with his open ambiguity about what art is. Creed maintains that, “anything is art that is used as art by people.”