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Mike Staniford

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Mike Staniford is a Sydney-based artist inspired by the atmospheric landscape of Australia and the emotive qualities of light and weather. His paintings are intuitive and gestural, seeking to reinterpret the landscape, to distill down its complexity and eliminate the unnecessary while capturing the bold colours of nature. 

Driven by the dynamism of interpretation, Staniford paints with a strong commitment to the loaded brush. Colour, line and form work together in his paintings, which are imbued with a sense of energy; both in the ever-changing landscape which they represent, and in the expressive nature of his practice. Of his artistic intention, Staniford has said: “I want to move beyond a formal view and evoke a sense of emotion, a distinct moment in time, the drama and cyclical rhythms of the light, elements and time of day and to make shape and colour paramount in my work. To give you a sense of the emotion, as well as the topography of the land."

Mike spent many years as an International Creative Director in the branding industry. He left the industry in 2016 to become a full-time artist, now working from a studio in an old flower factory on Sydney's lower north shore. In recent years he has been a finalist in a number of prizes, including the Muswellbrook, Lethbridge, Gosford and Pro Hart Outback prizes, as well as the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and Fleurieu Biennale. His works are held in private collections in Australia, North America, New Zealand, Italy, Norway and the United Kingdom.

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