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Printmaker Mike Hullis
Mike Hullis is interested in the beauty created through decay and the wearing down that belongs to the natural order; the decline into disorder and apparent randomness; the transition and degeneration into nothingness in the natural world. His work studies the dynamic forces beyond the control of man: the beauty of the transition of mountains into sand and the results of the geophysical forces that are nature's work.
Mike tries to translate his emotional response to these great and often unseen forces, such as the magnetic effect of the moon on the ocean’s tides and the wearing down that takes place where the land meets the sea - a mostly uncontrolled space where nature is raw and supreme.
His early work was in clay, a material that is literally of the earth and one that allows for spontaneity. From making mud pies as a child, it has always given him immense satisfaction to touch and manipulate this material. Over the last few years his practice has evolved through drawing with pencils and graphite powder, to more recently an exploration concentrated on mono typing, its randomness and the opportunity it affords to experiment with colour.
It was a visit to the wilderness of the Suffolk coast that reconnected him with the breathtaking and absorbing vastness of a place where nature is in control and where we are bit players on the edge. He reimagines his emotional response to being in this space by working with simple materials, sometimes collecting debris from the beach to inform, often using it in the work in a subliminal way.
Education and Experience:
1974-75 Ipswich School of Art Foundation Course
1975-78 Bristol Polytechnic School of Art and Design BA (Hons) Ceramics
1979-80 Assistant technician, City of London Polytechnic Sir John Cass School of Art
1981-82 Senior technician, ditto
1981-83 Goldsmiths College MA Fine Art
1982-83 Part-time lecturer, Sidcup Arts Centre
1982-84 Part-time lecturer, Sir John Cass School of Art
1982 British Crafts Centre, Big Pots Exhibition
1982-83 Design and production work for artists in London
1983 Woodlands Art Gallery London, Paintings, Sculpture, Objects and Videos
1983 Mixed show of Acme studio artists, The Showroom, London
1983 British Crafts Centre, in-store promotion Harvey Nichols, London Pots for plants and flowers
1983 Westminster Gallery, Boston, U.S.A
2017 Exhibition of drawings, The Lodge, London
2017 Bankside Gallery, London, Monotype Masters
2018 San Mei Gallery, Bristol at 40
8 Rushleigh, 32 Thurleigh RoadSW12 8UE
telephone: 07971 829 253
Ceramics Digital Drawing Glass Giclee Installation Jewellery Mixed Media