It's been an unexpected pleasure to see my wine label art gracing many a lifestyle instagram post. Grim visions inspired by Goya's heart rending 'Little Prisoner' etching, printed in a little Yorkshire studio reaching high society from California to New York and back to Riddlesden again? You just can never tell.
A large view of the Running Crow being shown on the Bradford Big Screen striding across the barren wastes of no-man's land (Yorkshire).
Drypoint Etching in sepia 40x35cm
My work has been included in Bradford's Big Screen event which will be shown throughout January and February in City Park. Three etchings and a statement will appear in loop sequence followed by five other artists with three examples of their work.
The showcase has been organised by Colin Neville with Bradford City Council to promote the best of culture in the region and is likely to play a key role in preparation for the City of Culture 2025 bid. The digital slide show begins at 12:30pm every day.
With thanks to Bradford T&A and Keighley News for their generous coverage of the event
Preparing work to take to Newcastle either framed or cellophane wrapped for the browsers. 34 in all. I'm looking forward to having space in the studio and house again which currently looks like a bric-a-brac store.
Following their visit to the Cliffe Castle exhibition I had a studio visit from some friends, including my life drawing teacher from several years ago, Sheila Maddrell. She kindly gave a succinct appraisal of my work, something that is always difficult for an artist to step back a do themselves:
'Mike is not afraid to confront the dark or horrific or sexual in humanity. By combining close observational drawing with flights
of fancy, references to art history and unexpected juxtapositions he comes up with new and often disturbing images.
The quality of line in the drawing is interesting in its searching quality and rich variety. The images need time from the viewer so more things and thoughts can reveal themselves. They can be puzzling in a good way. Giving the work poetic titles adds yet another layer to the experience of looking.'
Mike has been included on the
Not Just Hockney website, a wealth of information and images about artists connected to the region:
'This non-commercial website is an illustrated guide to professional artists past and present who were born, or have made their home, in what is now known as the Bradford Metropolitan District – including David Hockney.'
Colin Neville, creative mind of the site.
Mike's Headland/Threshold painting 'Tramp Fire at the Old Promontory' features on the cover of the Ensemble of the Golden Bough's cd and download due to be released on the 20th August. The album features compositions by Benjamin Britten, John Foulds, Frank Bridge and Percy Grainger.
The final commission for the Goya inspired wine labels has now been marketed by the Prisoner Wine Company in California.