We love the simplified forms and flatten planes of color in these paintings by Michael Muir. The artist was born in Scotland and spent his childhood in South East Asia before settling in Sydney. He received a diploma both in graphic design and fine arts. He has won the Mosman art prize in 2014 and has been a finalist in several awards over the past decade. Even though he paints landscape most of his work is done in the studio and not “in open air”. On an interview with Design Files he describes his work as follows:
“The emphasis of my work I suppose is autobiographical, yet it’s more than just me, it encompasses my family in the present. I feel like I oscillate between my childhood and the childhood my boys are currently living. I’m trying to see my surroundings in a simpler form. It’s a picture plane that has been flattened, colour dominates the canvas in unusual harmonies. I feel that the narrative element is important in my work, there is a story unfolding that I hope the viewer can incorporate into their own story.”
Images: Courtesy of Michael Muir.