Mercury Bay Art Escape Artist Insight – Michael Harrison

Mercury Bay Art Escape Artist Insight – Michael Harrison

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Michael Harrison, Artist standing beside two paintings

Sharing art experiences and a move to Tairua to spend more time in the studio are key motivators for Michael Harrison, a 2022 Mercury Bay Art Escape artist. Read more about Michael and his art in the second of our series of artist insights. 


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Describing Michael's style

Peacefulness, beauty, colour, form and texture are important components/factors that are part of Michael Harrisons work. Colour, form and light/shade are a big part of his work. Recently Michael has found that he is introducing abstraction to his work. He particularly likes to try new things and says he wouldn't describe himself as having one style.
 
As far back as Michael can remember he has enjoyed drawing or creating things. Both of his parents were creative and had hobbies and interests in the art and craft realm and he feels fortunate that some of that creativity rubbed off. It has really only been in the past 5 years, since becoming part of local art groups, that Michael has painted seriously.
  
While world events may inform his work to some extent, he does not always feel that he has to have a plan. And Michael confesses that if he does have a plan, any plan may be subject to change at the drop of a hat! 

I enjoy letting an artwork develop it's own course. My art has grown from sharing experiences of other like-minded people and my confidence has allowed me to embark on a journey of discovery.

Michael Harrison – Mercury Bay Art Escape Artist

Studio visits are a highlight

Michael has been part of Mercury Bay Art Escape for 5 years and really looks forward to the interactions that are part of the event. He uses multiple layers, strong textures and detail along with both bright and sombre colours to enable him to reflect the power of our ever changing world. 

Having people come and visit my studio is a real joy and getting feedback is helpful. I like to know the direction I am headed in is one that is appreciated.

Michael Harrison – Mercury Bay Art Escape Artist

Mercury Bay Art Escape 2022

To find Michael and other artists opening their studios to the public in the 2022 Mercury Bay Art Escape, visit the events pages linked below to down load an event map.

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