Michael Dawson produces vibrant works on paper, wood, mdf and canvas in an expressionist style. Intense and energetic, rich in vivid colour and heavily covered in text, stencils and bursts of texture, the works are primarily concerned with a universal experience of dichotomies, wealth vs poverty, primitive vs sophisticated, integration vs segregation, justice vs injustice and inner vs outer experience.
"Painting outside, often in wind and rain helps me paint intuitively and spontaneously. There is always a sense of urgency to try and capture something before it disappears. When I paint, everything else in life is forgotten about and all that matters is how I can reveal the world I’m in at that moment. When I feel I have achieved this it is magical."
Colour is life. Life should be colourful! Never having been a very satisfied lot, artists have long seen colour as something to be striven for - to be used (and quite often abused) to convey life at its most expressive and ts most vibrant. This is the philosophy of artist Fraser Haston.
Edinburgh Sketcher is a sketch blog from Mark Kirkham, an illustrator and designer living in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.
Using a wide range of mediums including ink, watercolour, pencil, oil paint, charcoal and collage, Edinburgh Sketcher creates a variety of styles of beautiful images, available on cards, in prints and in signed originals, all available from the Scottish Design Exchange.