MICHAEL CRAIK

BIOGRAPHY
MICHAEL CRAIK BIOGRAPHY

Michael Craik was born in Edinburgh in 1972 and has worked as an artist in Scotland for over 20 years. He studied
Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen before completing an MA in European Fine Art in Barcelona. A recipient
of several awards, Craik’s work has been widely exhibited internationally and is represented by galleries in Scotland,
Germany, Italy and the US.


Craik’s practice explores the interplay of colour and repetition as a method of producing quiet, pared-down paintings
concerned with colour, material quality and process. Craik creates each painting by repeatedly applying paint and
removing it again. This process of reduction features throughout his work, alluding to forces of erosion that form our
landscape. He allows the elemental qualities of the paint to determine the appearance of each work, creating
contemplative, minimal paintings. The focus of these works often lies at the edges, where sanding reveals strata of paint,
exposing layers of alternating colour that have been built up by brushing, pouring or spreading. In this sense, his work
shares a relationship with geology, to the laying down and erosion of rock. Living in Scotland, one is constantly
reminded of the forces that sculpt the land. Craik’s studio in Kinghorn, Fife, stands on a cliff overlooking the River
Forth estuary. Surrounded by this expanse of water and the endless ebb and flow of the tide, Craik is aware that these
processes have, over time, permeated his artistic practice.

EDUCATION

1999 - 2000
MA European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, Barcelona / Winchester 1992 - 1996 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen 

SOLO AND JOINT EXHIBITIONS

2018  
Continuum, Two person exhibition with Gisela Hoffmann at Galerie Schmidt & Schütte, Cologne
Solo exhibition at Zembla Gallery, Hawick
Percezione, Two person exhibition with Sonia Costantini at THECA Gallery, Milan
Two person exhibition with Jeffrey Cortland Jones at &Gallery, Edinburgh 

2017  
The Relative Medium (with Eric Cruikshank), Galleri Konstepidemin, Gothenburg 

2016  
Intime, Galerie Weissraum, Kyoto 

2015  
Ways of Seeing (with Eric Cruikshank), Howden Park Centre, Livingston 

2013
Build (with Merja Herzog-Hellsten), Galerie Salon 13, BOK, Offenbach
Malerei (with Eric Cruikshank), Galerie Albrecht, Berlin 

2007  
Razed To The Ground, Amber Roome Contemporary Art, Edinburgh 

2006
Plate Tectonics, Galería Alonso Vidal, Barcelona
Solo Exhibition, An Tuireann Arts Centre, Portree, Isle of Skye 

2005  
Solo Exhibition, Amber Roome Contemporary Art, Edinburgh 

2004  
Solo Exhibition, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
In The Stillness, group exhibition at Freudmonk Gallery, Online 

2018
Unrestricted, group exhibition at &Gallery, Edinburgh
Three person exhibition with Thomas Jacobi & Charles Poulsen at The Hughson Gallery, Glasgow
On Narrow Paths, group exhibition with Max Cole & Abraham David Christian at Galerie Kirbach, Dusseldorf 

2017  
Charity Postcard Exhibition, Zembla Gallery, Hawick
Connection, group exhibition at &Gallery, Edinburgh
Hydrophil, group exhibition at Galerie Schmidt & Schütte, Cologne
Three person exhibition with Gisela Hoffmann and Jan Scharrelmann at Verein für aktuelle Kunst/Ruhrgebiet e.v. (VfaKR), Oberhausen 

2016
The Lite Bothy, DOK Artist Space at Freemason Hall, Edinburgh 

2015
The Memory of Time, Wootdali Cultural Village, Pyeongtaek, South Korea
Sommersalon 2015, Galerie Ulf Larsson, Cologne
Kunstkonzept SZA, Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, Frankfurt 

2014
The Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 

2012  
RSA Open 2012, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 

2011
Reflection: Contemporary Visual Arts & Crafts in Edinburgh, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Materials, Galerie P13, Heidelberg 

2010  
Scottish Summer Exhibition, The Fleming Collection, London 

2009
Paint Can, Travelling Gallery, Various locations in Scotland
Strata, Sarah Myerscough, London
The Drawing Room, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

2008
WASPS Exhibition, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh 

2007
Open, Cube, Manchester 

2006
ArtSway Open 06, ArtSway, Sway, Hampshire 

2005
Works on Paper, Amber Roome Contemporary Art, Edinburgh
Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, London 

2003
Flix, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin 

2002
Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, London
Mostyn Open 12, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno 

2001
Revolution, Bellevue Gallery, Edinburgh 

2000
Big Small New, Houldsworth, London