Liam Gillick (British, b.1964) was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. He attended Goldsmiths College in London, and received a BFA in 1987. His first solo exhibition took place two years later. For a period of time in the 1990s, Gillick was a member of the band Soho. His style can be described as a combination of sculpture, design, and architecture.
Gillick traveled to Japan in 2000, and was a guest professor at the CCA Research Project. While there, he used benches, tables, bookshelves, and Japanese lanterns to decorate the common area. Not long after, he was commissioned to sculpt a new piece for the court outside the Clore Gallery. Again, he used benches, tables, shelves, and lighting to create his design. Local Discussion Screen is representative of his work. The piece features bright red panels attached to a metal framework. It is a large architectural piece that has an industrial quality. In 2002, the artist was featured in his first major solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. The exhibit showcased many wooden pieces, including a life-sized maze.
That same year, Gillick was nominated for the Turner Prize for a ceiling display comprised of colorful glass and acrylic sheets. He also works in print, and was commissioned to design a series of posters for the London Underground Platform for Art program and the Frieze Art Fair. In 2007, the London Underground hired the diverse artist to design the cover for a map of the railway system, which is distributed to 15 million people. Titled The Day Before, the cover art features a date one day before the Underground began operating. It is written in 12 distinct colors, which represent the 12 rail lines. In October of 2010, he joined fellow artists in protesting cuts in public funding for the arts. Gillick has worked in a variety of areas, including sculpture, print, architecture, graphic design, film, and music. He composed a score for the film Beijing and even contributed a recipe to Ryan Gander's (British, b.1976) art project Ryan's Bar. He is married and currently works at Columbia University's School of the Arts in New York.