Mike Featherstone

Artist (United Kingdom)
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BA Hons Fine Art. I was a Television Engineer for 35 years and have been a painter most of my life.
Many of my paintings reflect my sculptural boxes in that they portray spaces that both evoke memory and are in themselves metaphors for the mind.
In my art work I use roads to symbolise our pathway through life, scenes are memories of places where people live and work and I absolutely love the magic of an old High Street with its variety of buildings and chimney pots as they rise and fall unexpectedly like a piece of music. It is this varied and unexpected element that I try to represent with paint and colour in my more loose and abstract work. The power of colour is such that a small splash of it in the greyest of scenes can lift a picture out of the dull and boring and give it that spark of life which captures the eye of the beholder. I think that some of the best paintings are created almost unconsciously and much to the delight of the artist who can then find it very hard to let go of this unexpected gem.
As a person I try to be pretty tolerant but I don’t like the way authority treats well-meaning people. As a writer I am interested in the big questions such as, what is life really about and do we survive death. I explore the possible answers in my book ‘The Living Dream’.