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 and association to the landscape.

I am interested in human perception of 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. What is the vernacular? 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 nurtures 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?

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. The result is a subtle yet imperfect finish made up of a diverse spectrum of colours.

 

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 was awarded the Matthew Koefoed Memorial Art Scholarship in his final year at Grammar. The exposure helped him gain various commissions and invitations to shows around Auckland. In 2011 he joined Foenander gallery in Auckland, and has since featured in design publications such as URBIS and HABITUSLIVING Australia, and in notable shows including a public art installation at the Wellington LUX Light Festival, and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards.

Michael has a Masters in Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington. He currently practises fine arts and works as an urban design consultant at Studio Pacific Architecture.

 

H i s t o r y

 

2019

Finalist Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - Whakatane.
NKB Gallery Mt Eden - The Intimacy of Destance.

2017

Mossgreen-Webb's - Art Incubates Life Exhibition.
NKB Gallery Mt Eden - New Works Solo Exhibtion.
Sculpture 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.

2007

Participant 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.

2004

5th form art prize Auckland Grammar School.

2003

4th form art prize Auckland Grammar School.