Artist Michael Craig-Martin, the man who helped foster the development of the ‘Young British Artists’, discusses the early work of one of his most famous pupils, Damien Hirst.



Artist Michael Craig-Martin was an influential teacher at Goldsmith’s College, London in the 1980s, where he became mentor to a gifted group of students, later known as the ‘Young British Artists’. Among them was Damien Hirst.
 TateShots caught up with Craig-Martin at Tate Modern, and asked him to revisit that fertile period, which saw Hirst create his first Spot paintings, Medicine Cabinets and his iconic installation A Thousand Years.


Alex Pilcher

Michael Craig-Martin you have a lot to answer for. And even if you can't be blamed entirely for the rise of Damien Hirst, you can't shift the blame for your own outline pictures, which are as relentlessly bland as Hirst's spots.