View In Room
View In Room
Indigo ink on watercolor paper
Dimensions: 30.5cm (H) x 43.2cm (W) / 12" (H) x 17" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Mike Childs - Artist Statement 2020
I am a Canadian abstract artist working in New York City since 1995. The major themes in my work developed while sketching buildings and construction sites on the streets of Toronto as a young artist. I work primarily in series of ideas on canvas and paper. My pictures explore the structures, patterns and textures of the urban environment along with the meditative free associations of colors. My love of painting and drawing is fueled by a world which is always moving, never fully under control. I find in the urban environment that there is a quiet, sustained complexity where color and architecturally influenced shapes work together.
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Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Based in: New York
I was born in Toronto, Canada and completed my undergraduate degree in studio art and philosophy at the University of Guelph, Canada. I immigrated to the United States to complete a Masters of Fine Art at Florida State University in 1993. After completing an award from FSU as a painting instructor with a studio residency in Florence, Italy I moved to New York City in 1995 to engage with the international art community. I decided to stay as I became active as a working and exhibiting painter involved with the exciting Brooklyn artistic community. Working as a studio assistant to Fluxus artist Nam June Paik I received a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant in 1999 and the Pollock Krasner Grant in 2003. This was followed by my solo shows at The Cue Art Foundation, Heidi Cho Gallery, Lesley Heller Projects, and Robert Henry Contemporary among others. Recently my work has appeared on the cover of the poetry journal Crazy Horse, in the sitcom Law and Order SVU, and at Wave Hill in the Bronx for my solo show "100 Words". My studio is currently in the South Bronx and my work is currently represented by David Richard Gallery in New York where I exhibited a 16 year retrospective in 2020.
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