Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Combining Literal and Visual Language; Interview

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Combining Literal and Visual Language; Interview

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"IF people like the work then I'm very happy with it. I like people to use their imaginations with the work to say 'I like that' or 'I'd do that,' but there are lots of other dimensions going on.

"It is to do with your experience with the image and how your consciousness reacts to the work.

"Painting is historically from a fixed perspective, but I am much more interested in a piece being an experience, about encompassing the past present and future all together. Experience is all about being out somewhere and walking through it.

"It is not a static. A person is very much a part of the occasion, it is a part of you."

This idea is where Mike's love of conceptual work fuses with work in a 2D medium.

Although Mike produced large-scale paintings in the past these days he prefers to work in pastels, and uses a Northumberland supplier, Unison Colour soft pastels.

He adds: "I like the immediacy of the medium of pastels. With the work having different colours on different pieces of paper I want people to imagine how they would place the pieces, to get them involved in the work. …

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