Hailing from the UK, Mike has lived in Melbourne since 2006 and has a Graduate Certificate in Visual Art from VCA and a Masters in Fine Art from RMIT.
Mike’s practice is driven by a disrupted figuration that is centred on the impact that painting has on both the painter and the viewer. By submitting to an intuitive approach to mark making, his work conveys a mood of disquiet and psychological intensity.
Working primarily in oil, he uses a painterly approach to surface, colour, tonality and scale to derive unsettling and ambiguous imagery.
Interweaving the rational production of realist imagery with the opposing forces of expressive mark-making, the subconscious, irrationality and chance Mike leaves us with a disrupted view of the world embedded in the material and temporal qualities of the paint.