Art House 26
Address: 10 Queens Bay Crescent
Open: 2/3 September
Mike will be showing a selection of paintings, which will mainly be oils and acrylics. His colourful and expressive images deal with ideas based on, and inspired by, the local environment.
Central to Mike’s work is trying to personalise his output, delving deeper with looser techniques to create more expressive outcomes. An abstract feel can result, which hopefully enhances ‘atmosphere’ in each piece. In this aspect colour is crucial. The aim is to use the shore and local surroundings to create ‘little worlds’ in their own right. He may start with a coloured ground, building into this with thick paint to suggest jagged rocks or the relentless energy of tidal surf. The ‘power of suggestion’ is important to him, where by a sense of mystery is developed which can pull the viewer in and spur the imagination. The artist works from a whole array of stimuli, from studies done on site, in his allotment, perhaps, combined with photographs and found material. This to inform a strong, ‘real’ interpretation of ‘place’. A big influence on Mike is the work of expressionist painters like Oscar Kokoschka.
About Mike graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1978, Dip Drawing and Painting
Mike has exhibited widely and shows work in the Velvet Easel gallery. He regularly undertakes commissions and has been part of Porty Artwalk for many years.