With only a few days left until the end of Cartrain’s “Not For Sale” exhibition, it’s a good time to remember some fascinating things Cartrain is known for.
1. Cartrain first came to our attention when he made a collage incorporating Damien Hirst’s diamond encrusted skull For the Love of God in 2009. The attention was gained by the fact that Hirst was taking legal action against then 16 year old Cartrain by confiscating the works of the young artist. These news have spread far and wide over the media.
2. The next thing we knew was that Cartrain went to Tate Britain and stole a pack of pencils worth £500,000 from Hirst’s pharmacy installation. This was apparently recorded as one of the highest value thefts in modern British art which soon resulted in Cartrain’s arrest.
3. Cartrain is known for placing his artworks in museum and galleries until those are removed as fakes. His works have been on the walls of Tate Modern, National Gallery and British Museum.
4. In 2010 Cartrain smuggled a joint into the Houses of Parliament. He managed to take five drags of his spliff as Nick Clegg was addressing MPs in the House of Commons before getting dragged out by the security guards.
5.Cartrain is not only known for his heavy weight art world enemies but also his friends; Gilbert and George are known to be supporters of his work as well as Banksy, who has presented the artist with his own signed artwork. Gilbert and George have famously used a piece of Cartrain’s work in their most recent exhibition at the White Cube in 2014.