The final commission for the Goya inspired wine labels has now been marketed by the Prisoner Wine Company in California. Unfortunately the wine is not readily available in the UK.
Mike has been commissioned by brand and packaging agent Co-Partnership to create etchings for the Prisoner Wine Company based on Goya's 'Little Prisoner' used on their iconic Red Blend label (centre bottle). The commission came about through seeing his art on instagram which had visual connections with the original.
Mike's remit has been to continue this theme through a series of etchings which reflect Goya's original technique and vision, as though the same prisoner has been depicted in different aspects of struggle and hope throughout the series.
Mike has a solo show at the Cliffe Castle Museum until July 2021. It includes 38 powerful etchings and drawings made over a two year residential where he regularly visited the museum and drew and etched directly from the exhibits.
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Mike's gift of two etchings from the 'City Fragments' series have been accepted into the collection of Leeds City Art Gallery as part of their Picture Lending Scheme. They can now be borrowed for a nominal charge at one of the quarterly selection days at the gallery.
Mike is currently Artist in Residence at the Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley (West Yorkshire) in preparation for a large solo exhibition there in July 2020.
Mike will be exhibiting a new series of 20 Monoprint 'Quandary Heads' at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle. This one is titled 'Zoom' Oil on Paper 45 x 60cms
"When an image becomes too defined, or too easily known, it can lose some of the mystery that keeps us engaged. I have to work at losing the image and a fixed narrative. It's a fine line between ambiguity and being completely inaccessible. There has to be an allure without resulting in complacency."
'Cluster Head' 2014 Dry-point and watercolour 35x35cm