(British, b.1964) is a Conceptual artist, often associated with the Relational Art movement and the Young British Artists (YBAs). Gillick 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. As a visual artist, he has worked in a variety of media, including sculpture, print, architecture, graphic design, film, and music.
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, which he did using benches, tables, shelves, and lighting. His large architectural pieces often have an industrial quality, including Local Discussion Screen
, which features bright red panels attached to a metal framework. In 2002, the artist was featured in his first major solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. The exhibition 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 artist to design the cover for a map of the railway system. 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. He composed a score for the film Beijing
, and contributed a recipe to Ryan Gander
’s art project Ryan’s Bar
. He currently lives and works in New York City, where he serves on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of the Arts.