Harking back to Medieval Illuminated Callender images, 17th Century Dutch Landscape painters such as Ruisdael and Cuyp, Canaletto in his English Period, Constable, Turner and early Pre-Raphaelite landscapes and work by Atkinson Grimshaw are all particular influences on his present output, as well as a deep interest in the current environmental concerns.
Using applied techniques such as traditional colour grounds and glazes, he is able to illuminate his pictures with a unique, fresh and luminous palette. The images may first appear realistic and photographic, but on closer inspection there is a surreal element, painted in quite a stylised manner.
Trees are a favourite theme, often dramatically silhouetted against low cast sunlight, trailing long shadows behind them. However the real subject is the sky, especially the clouds, and the ever changing effects of their abstract shapes in a state of constant movement above our heads.
Mick’s work is simply created to draw our attention to that which we are often too distracted and busy to notice, our own personal and free conceptual art gallery in the sky. Patterns, shapes and colours evolving in infinite compositions. The clouds, trees and shadows can of course also be seen as metaphors for all our shared common experience and existence, and our individual place in the greater scheme of time and space.
Works by this artist…
Evening Heat( ref : 10769 )
Monkey Puzzle Tree( ref : 10768 )
A Farm in North Wales( ref : 10767 )
Evening Glow( ref : 10766 )