About the work below:
230 countries have been represented in this installation of 36 paintings.Each painting has 6 or 7 country names within the work. The names were chosen at random.The colours are mostly mixed from a limited palette using a ‘red’, a ‘blue’ and a ‘yellow and black and white. Where some of the stencilled letters have overlapped I have chosen primary red, blue and yellow; green; white and black – colours used in all flags of the world — to fill the arbitrary shapes formed. The paint is acrylic and black and white gesso. For the line work a Faber-Castell artist pen and a Staedtler Chinagraph pencil was used. The small circle with a line through the centre is a symbol for the earth and a symbol for peace.Included above the white ‘horizon’ line is a torn strip from a National Geographic magazine photograph.
Michael was born in South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand in 1980. He lives in Kerikeri.
Michael has worked in the arts as a professional pianist, touring Southern Africa, Europe and Australia before settling in New Zealand.
For a time he worked as a graphic artist and has always been interested in the visual arts generally. In 2005 he was accepted by Whitecliffe School of Fine Arts to study for a Master of Fine Arts degree. He has illustrated a book on the flora and marine life in the Bay of Islands and regularly exhibits solo and in various group shows.
As a jazz pianist Michael approaches music and art in a similar way, exploring textures, patterns, rhythms, harmony and colour in both disciplines.
His paintings are in corporate and private collections worldwide.
Mike’s new exhibition with Keri Molloy , features a stunning installation entitled “EARTHSONG”.
There are also ten new A3 works on paper in this exhibition, available unframed, framed or as a reproduction.