My painting process is generative and minimalist. Compositions evolve from the initial inception by responding to random cues in the paint. Each sitting begins by re-blending raw primary colours from scratch, which results in a subtle yet imperfect finish made up of a diverse variety of colours.

I am interested in human perception of the landscape. All though my subject matter may look familiar it most likely isn't. This is the power of realism, a way to transport viewers into an imaginative and constructed setting where they discover a perceived meaning, connection, and association to the landscape.

My work explores the notion of place-making, the way humans' historically have modified the terrane, and how man-made objects are positioned with a sense of entitlement and purpose. I believe experiencing a place in person and trying to interpret the underlying genius loci is key to understanding human connectedness to the landscape. This also nutures my inspiration.

New Zealand is a young nation and the way in which we've built upon, fought over, scarred, and altered the terrain is very much a recent activity in the scheme of the landscape’s historical morphology.

Who really owns this land?

 

B a c k s t o r y

 

Michael is a Wellington based artist born in New Zealand in 1988. He grew up in Auckland and developed a strong passion for art throughout his time at Auckland Boys Grammar School.

Michael began selling his artwork at 16 years of age. He exhibited his first picture at the Auckland Grammar School Art Exhibition in 2005, and in his final year was awarded the Matthew Koefoed Memorial Art Scholarship. From the exposure he received Michael gained various commissions and invitations to shows around Auckland. In 2011 he joined NKB gallery in Auckland and recently has featured in design publications such as URBIS and HABITUSLIVING Australia, and was part of the 2017 LUX Light Festival public installation.

Michael has a Masters in Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington, and currently works as a fine artist whilst also working in urban design and architecture at Studio Pacific Architecture.

 

H i s t o r y

 

2017

Mossgreen-Webb's - Art Incubates Life Exhibition.
NKB Gallery Mt Eden - New Works Solo Exhibtion.
Installation at LUX Light Festival Wellington

2016

Featured The Kiwi Diary.
Art House Tour Exhibition - Auckland Grammar School

2015

Featured The Kiwi Diary.
NKB Gallery Mt Eden - Odds on Tomorrow.
Participant at Kings College Sale of Fine Arts Exhibition.

2014

Featured URBIS - The Art of Living - Issue 80.
Featured HABITUSLIVING - An Architectural Eye and an Artistic Mind.
NKB Gallery Mt Eden - Transitions Exhibition.
Participant at Auckland Grammar Art Exhibition.
Participant at Kings College Sale of Fine Arts Exhibition.
Participant at Hibiscus Hospice Fundraising Art Exhibition.

2013

 

NKB Gallery Mt Eden - Wunderkammer Exhibition.
NKB Gallery Mt Eden - Intersections Exhibition.
Participant at Auckland Grammar Art Exhibition.
Participant at Kings College Sale of Fine Arts Exhibition.
Participant at Hibiscus Hospice Fundraising Art Exhibition.

2012

 

NKB Gallery Mt Eden - Illuminations Exhibition.
Participant at Auckland Grammar Art Exhibition.
Participant at Kings College Sale of Fine Arts Exhibition.

2011

 

Participant at Auckland Grammar Art Exhibition.
NKB Gallery Mt Eden - Room With a View Exhibition.

2010

Participant at Auckland Grammar Art Exhibition.
Participant at Kings College Sale of Fine Arts Exhibition.

2009

Participant at Kings College Sale of Fine Arts Exhibition.
Private exhibition with New Zealand jeweller Lynaire Kibblewhite.

2008

WOW (World of Wearable arts) entry with Lynaire Kibblewhite and finalist.
Participant at Auckland Grammar School Art Exhibition.
Participant at Kings Collage Sale of Fine Arts Exhibition.

2007Participant at Auckland Grammar School Art Exhibition.
2006

7th form art prize and the Matthew Koefoed Memorial Art Scholarship.
Highly recommended at the Konica Minolta MADA Artwork.
Participant at Auckland Grammar School Art Exhibition.

2005

6th form art prize Auckland Grammar School.
Participant at Auckland Grammar School Art Exhibition.

20045th form art prize Auckland Grammar School.
20034th form art prize Auckland Grammar School.