Michael Sole

Michael Sole

Since graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008, Sole has gone on to exhibit in group and solo shows across England and France. In 2009 and 2010 he was awarded “Young Artist of the Year” by the Royal Society of Marine Artists for his work exhibited in a group show in the Mall Galleries, London. Last year he was in the running for the Threadneedle prize and the Evolver Prize 2012. Interested in nature and the re-evaluation of its painterly tradition, Sole’s work explores painting as a process using the great outdoors as a subject matter. To gain inspiration he places himself into the environment he paints, enabling him to bring thoughts, ideas, and the physical presence of the landscape back into the studio and onto his canvases. Often, he spends months at a time observing his choice of subject matter, completely immersing himself in the task.

“The sea and the sky are fascinating to me, especially in extreme circumstances, storms etc. In painting I feel very strongly that energy must be met with energy. By this I mean big seas and powerful subject matter benefits from energetic, physical, and confident painting which usually includes allowing the paint to have its own way, without using a brush. Dripping, pouring, throwing, lifting, shaking etc all add to these involuntary effects. Through these processes and techniques, I hope to capture the power and atmosphere of the environment that I have placed myself into”. Sole says he is striving to achieve a state of “Involuntaryism” a concept of the built-up knowledge in the artists hand is permitted to come through in an instinctive approach to the application of the materials in this case they include oils, bitumen, PVA and emulsion. The artist’s involvement is purely to manipulate the paint and canvas to exaggerate as strongly as possible the resulting organic textures and marks.

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