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.
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 September 26th 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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Two of Mike's etchings from the 'City Fragments' series have been acquired by Leeds City Art Gallery. They have been included in the Picture Lending Scheme Collection and can 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