Past exhibits and events with Northwind
2017 Showcase artist (click to see all 2017 artists) | 2016 Showcase Artist | 2015 Juror for Alchemy of the Abstract VII exhibition |
Abstract expressionism is one of my primary influences and I am enamored with the idea of “arriving at” as opposed to “aiming at.” I want to surprise myself. My job as an artist is to make decisions—what to leave in and what to take out. I see art as a process of reduction--getting rid of the chaff and striving for the essence of the idea. In my career I have worked in many mediums--bronze, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and currently I have a fascination with wood and resin. I start with a basic idea and then it’s a matter of rescuing that idea from all the contrived directions it may take me.
My wood and resin work can currently be seen in a two-person show at Liberty Arts in Yreka, CA through 2/17/17 (www.libertyartsyreka.org). In Port Angeles a solo exhibit, entitled “Fear and Danger” of monoprints, drawings and sculpture just opened at the PUB Gallery of Art at Peninsula College through 3/17/17.
Mike was born in Hoquiam, Washington but acquired many of his artistic sensibilities from the San Francisco Bay Area. At UC Berkeley while completing MA and MFA degrees, he apprenticed with Peter Voulkos assisting him with construction and installation of 3 major outdoor sculptures.
“I have been making art continually since 1964. I was a professor of art for 26 years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, including 5 years as dean of the fine and performing arts college. Then, after 5 years as the academic dean of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, I ended my academic career in May 2001 and have been in the studio full-time ever since.”
Mike has been exhibiting his work since early in his career with inclusion and awards in numerous national and international exhibitions including NYC, Bay Area, CA, Canada and Italy. In 1980 he was awarded an individual fellowship grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Mike is known for his personal style and competency across a diversity of mediums, from bronze casting and ceramics to drawing, painting and printmaking. For several years he has been using colored resin and wood for functional and non-functional work.