Born in 1963 and raised in Dunedin NZ with parents in entertainment and news media, Mike’s formative years were spent riding a skateboard and immersed in the emerging “Dunedin sound” alternative music movement. Having established a mode of creative practice in the DIY aesthetic of the skateboarding and punk revolutions, he evolved independently as artist, multimedia producer, musician, composer, designer, art director and artist manager over a 35+ year career.
Relocating to Auckland in the mid 80’s, Mike joined Last Laugh Productions as a recording engineer, midi programmer and synthesist, live mixer and producer, creatively and technically engaged innovating alternative electronic sound and visual art. A product of the warehouse habitat and party scene of the late 80’s Auckland, his studio and art production practice evolved through a series of locations and reinventions, working in a wide variety of media and projects, into the current West Auckland based operational identity The Area, now in 20th year of operation.
Output from The Area includes paintings, fine art prints, electronic music, video, design, photography, merchandise, and art and music events. A selection of his art print works number amongst NZ all time biggest sellers. His fine art output is represented by Artis Gallery.
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During the Chinese New Year period, starting on Monday January 27th, the Parnell Business Association will let you know where ‘Street Rat graffiti art’ is popping up around some of Parnell’s most loved spots. We encourage you to follow the daily clues provided on social media, find the street rats, and post your ‘rat finds’ to be in to win a prize per artwork.
All Street Art is available to purchase here. There are only 21 editions available of each work of ‘ratty street art’ so if you wait too long for your favourite street art print by your favourite artist, it’s likely you’ll miss out.
Barfoot & Thompson Parnell are once again showing their support of Chinese New Year in Parnell by coming on board as our Key Sponsor. Pauline Goldfinch, Parnell Branch Manager says “Barfoot & Thompson Parnell is thrilled to bring you the 2020 Year of the Rat street art roll out for Chinese New Year. As a branch, we greatly value the diversity of our community. For us, supporting this local event is just one way that we can give back to our Parnell.”
If you would like to view the framed ‘Year of the Rat’ digital print edition 1 of 1 exhibition on 27th Jan – 16th Feb visit Artmount and Framing Matters. Also, contact Artmount and Framing Matters and ask for their ‘Year of the Rat framing discount’ if you’d like your digital rat art purchases framed.
Jonathan Grant Gallery is where you will be able to, between the dates of Feb 13th – Feb 16th, view and purchase the Original ‘Street Rat Art’ works specifically created by some of New Zealand’s best. These one-off originals are collectables, with money going towards Starship – National Air Ambulance.