Michael Hunter’s art is a dance of texture and shape splashed with bursts of color on canvas in a fusion of clean and rugged, modern and artsy, simple and complex. Elegant lines blended with sketch marks and bold solids and a repetition of circular forms create a unique synthesis of crafty, Zen and haute couture. His work is both peaceful and invigorating in a perfect balance between motion and stillness.
Born in Preston Lancashire in 1972, Hunter loves his hometown and has lived just down the road in the small market town of Garstang for all of his life. He has been painting and drawing for as long as he can remember and gains never-ending inspiration from the quiet countryside and beautiful scenery.
After studying A level art at Blackpool and the Fylde College, he received a Fine Art degree from The Cumbria College of Art and Design. While his training is in traditional art, his work evolved over time into a more semi-abstract expressionist landscape style and later to pure abstract. This is where he feels the most at home creatively, because there are no limits or boundaries to what comes alive on canvas. Abstract art is full of surprises and things can happen within a piece of work that may have been totally unplanned.
Michael likes to use simple shapes in his work and looks for interesting ways of arranging these against chosen color schemes. He often listens to music while he paints, envisioning that his work flows similar to the way a DJ would mix music. He hopes that viewers of his work will be uplifted and inspired by it in the same way they would from hearing a favorite song. Art separates Michael’s mind from the stresses of everyday life. It is a way of relaxing and fills him with contentment. Michael loves that his work means different things to each individual viewer.
By using a variety of techniques and applications including paint, airbrush, photography and digital collage, he is able to create textures that are one of a kind. He finds himself fascinated by the effect of shapes and forms and how their arrangement can create space and movement. The contemporary style and unique compositions in his pieces are well suited to interior design. By using fade-resistant inks with superb clarity and vibrancy, he ensures that his pieces will be celebrated for many years to come. His work has been shown in galleries in the north of England and in several art fairs in Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Liverpool.