Spotlight Artist | Artist-designed gift wrap for you to use!

If you have last minute holiday preparations, be sure to look at these free DIY giftwrap papers by contemporary artists. The Guardian released one commissioned design per day this last week. Keep reading for download links.


Julian Opie uses familiar and every-day actions as the source material for his work. His style strips down human forms into almost icon-like representations, but the images lose none of their descriptive power. His work is currently on view at Tate Liverpool and the National Portratit Gallery, in addition to the large scale public work at the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. See his interview with the Journal of Contemporary Art.

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Though best known for her work in 16mm film, Tacita Dean also produces drawings, writing, installation and photography. Her work inspects cultural histories through contemplative visual poetry. Most recently she was shortlisted for the 2012 Hugo Boss Prize, and her latest exhibition at the Tate Modern transformed the Turbine Hall into one large film reel. Read Jeffrey Eugenides’s interview with Tacita Dean.

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Jeremy Deller is perhaps best known for his wok “Battle of Orgreave” (2001), a modern-day re-enactment of the historical riot of the same name between thousands of miners and policemen in England. His other works often inspect social and political conflict through performative interaction. In 2009, Deller created a participatory project titled “It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq,” commissioned by Creative Time and the New Museum.

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Gilligan Wearing‘s work could almost be considered anthropologic. Her films, performances, and installations inspect both the individual psyche and social groups in contemporary society. She has an upcoming show at Whitechapel featuring portraiture from some of these projects.

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Catherine Yass uses elements of the photographic process–the negative, the lightbox, the transparencies–in the presentation of the final work. Her still images and films both employ the same vividly colorful aesthetic in what are often hybrids of positive and negative images. She is part of the Tate’s collection, and has an upcoming exhibition at Alison Jacques Gallery.

Download Catherine Yass’s giftwrap here.