Mark Michael – You Think You Know Me
As an artist I am interested in interpreting and examining the personas and facades that we establish around ourselves. The paintings in this exhibition explore how in some instances we manufacture disguises as a form of protection, a need to hide or perhaps in order to stand out within an ever-changing modern world.
There is a strong figurative element throughout the paintings, displaying people in situations of both internal and external conflict. The juxtaposition of hand painted text together with totems and cyphers in the form of objects and animals are included to contribute towards a particular environment or state of mind. Ultimately with the use of symbolism I am interested in encouraging the viewer to move closer towards the surface of my paintings.