Libby Edwards Galleries & Art Consultancy

Mike Worrall

Born in 1942, Derbyshire, U.K.

Mike Worrall's skill is to stand at the sensory threshold, that hypothetical border between sumptuous and sinister. His large tableau paintings are maze-like journeys into surreal landscapes and, if the wrong path is taken, may lead us to a very dark place. He invites us to step beyond the threshold into the hinterland of the human soul. Each vignette, each composition, is in itself a perfect still from an unfinished film, perhaps left as a talisman by an obscure film-maker. As if gleaned from a lost archive, the image may just be a fragment. Each painting celebrates a cultural succession borne of the Renaissance, and the twentieth century’s champions of surrealist understatement; Magritte, Delvaux, Ernst, and a touch of Velasquez.

 

Worrall engages the audience with a mastery of colour, tone, composition and perspective.  His is the other side of the looking glass, between the normal and the imagined, a pantomime to enjoy, via the artist's fertile imagination. Informed by his work in film, Worrall explores hyper-real depictions of the mysterious and fantastical.  As in a dream, the quiet façade and the beauty of the large scale oil paintings masks the intriguing content and enormous energy underpinning the works. Based on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia, Mike has been a practicing artist since the early 1960s and exhibits both locally and internationally.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS:
 
2013  Richard Martin Gallery, Sydney,  2011, Richard Martin Gallery
2009 Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney 
2009 ICO Gallery, New York, USA  
2008 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney 2007 
2004 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney 
2002 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney,  2000 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney
1996 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney 1992 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney
1971 Piccadilly Gallery, London, UK 
 
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS 
 
2016  ‘Figure and landscape’, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney 2012  Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2010  Mosman Art Prize, Sydney 2009  Mosman Art Prize, Sydney 2008  Sharps Painting Award, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2007  Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2006  Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney   Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2005  Sharps Painting Award, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW   Contemporary Painting Award, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2002  Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney   Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle, NSW 2000           Mosman Art Prize, Sydney 1992–09 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney 1991  Painters Gallery, Sydney 1985  Team Macmillan Ford, Auckland, NZ 1980  Riverside Studios, London, UK 1978  Lyric Theatre, London, UK 1968   Guild Hall, London, UK 
 
AWARDS 
 
2012 Winner, Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2008 Winner, Sharps Painting Award, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2005 Winner, Sharps Painting Award, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2004 Winner, Contemporary Painting Award, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Gosford, NSW  
 
 
COLLECTIONS 
 
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