September 17, 2019

Photographed by Andy Staley


STUDIO VISIT

Michael is an abstract artist whose work is inspired by his emotion and how he sees the world around him. His work is often described as dreamlike or ethereal, feminine and masculine – at the same time his work has the ability to evoke a sense of emotion in the viewer. He is a self-taught artist, which has allowed him to explore his style without the constraints of tradition or conformity.

His inspiration comes in many forms, from the beautiful landscape around his beach side home to a memory or emotion that makes itself felt at the time. His work is more often inspired by the emotion rather than the physical presence itself.



Q.

Where are you from?

A.

I was born and have spent the majority of my life in Melbourne before making the move to Queensland around 13 years ago.

Q.

Favourite Sunshine Coast beach?

A.

Living in Sunshine Beach, my own local beach is probably my favourite, it’s walking distance and dog friendly, which is important as the pups are always with me.

Q.

Your go to local coffee spot?

A.

My fav is Vanilla Food but depends on who I’m catching up with and where that is!  

Q.

When you aren’t painting how do you spend your time?

A.

When I’m not painting, I’m thinking about painting, well not all the time, as a home owner, there’s always work to be done.

Q.

Highlight of your artists career?

A.

The highlight of my artistic career has been to be lucky enough to devote all of my time to what I do.



 

“MY WORK IS AN EXTENSION OF ME AND HOW I SEE THE WORLD.A SIMPLE MARK MADE ON A CANVAS CAN EVOKE AN EMOTION OR A MEMORY,THIS IS WHY I PAINT.”

 

MICHAEL BOND






Q.

What inspired you to start painting? How many years have you been painting for?

A.

I didn’t really start painting, I have painted or created as long as I can remember, it’s always been there even when I was working in a completely different career.

Q.

How has your work evolved over time?

A.

In earlier times, I have been hyper critical of my work and doubted myself and my ability, over time I have evolved and therefore my work has so too.

Q.

Who are your favourite artists?

A.

I have too many artists who’s work I love to choose a favourite, but if I had to, I would say Miranda Skoczek.

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What is the creative process behind your work?

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It’s hard to describe the creative process of my work, my work consists of many layers and marks, initially intuitive and free and as the particular piece develops, more considered and deliberate. Early marks and layers may be completely obscured by later ones, but all go together to form the present.

Q.

What is your style of painting? How would you best describe your style?

A.

I guess it would be placed in the abstract category, but I would say it’s an expression of me and leave the interpretation to the viewer.