I was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and raised in the small agrarian community of Dunnville, where I grew up along side many phenomenally talented artists and musicians. It’s here where I first discovered my love for drawing, painting, writing, print making, drumming, percussion, and didgeridoo. After graduating from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in 2001, I started exploring an experimental method of sculpting acrylic paint. Since then my work has been centred around creating innovative three-dimensionally textured paintings with strong ties to cultural, spiritual, and environmental influences. My work can be found in collections around the world, including Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, US President Bill Clinton, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, and have been blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. My current series of paintings investigate the wonders and mysteries of line and shape through the use of stencils and spray paint, drawing inspiration from a diverse array of themes ranging from acrobats to ancient architecture and astronomy.
I would like to gratefully acknowledge that I create my art on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
Michael Black uses Escoda brushes, Royal Talens Acrylics and Kroma Acrylics
© 2018. Michael Black Fine Art