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Mix Future Interiors - Michael Sibley

Emerging like something out of a fairy tale, British artist Michael Sibley, otherworldly landscapes are inspired by the memories of places he has visited on his travels. The disconnection between artist and setting adds a dreamlike quality to the work and allows for Sibley, own artistic reinterpretation. A graduate of Falmouth College of Art, he is greatly influenced by Asian art, in particular Japanese printmaking. Initially the landscapes echo this simplified, stylised quality while also recalling more graphic work and graffiti but it is up close that the work truly comes into being. Built up of multiple layers and repetitive brushstrokes, Sibley combines his mediums using inks, acrylics and oils, even stitching onto the canvas and then finally fusing it to the surface using varnishes so that it shimmers and distorts on viewing. Developing his techniques as each individual piece progresses, to Sibley his art is concerned with finding unusual ways of working that are not immediately apparent. He says "I enjoy watching people who take a bit longer with the work discovering how it was made, often in disbelief that I would really spend a month stitching a drawing by hand or building it out of minute dots of ink." A welcome antidote to today, busy world and certainly a worthy reward for those who stop and look.

Mix Future Interiors - Michael Sibley