Mike Staniford is a contemporary Australian artist, inspired by the atmospheric landscape of Australia and the emotive qualities of light and weather. Mike’s paintings are intuitive and gestural and seek to reinterpret the landscape, to distill down its complexity and eliminate the unnecessary. To capture the bold colours of nature and celebrate its shapes and forms.
“I want to enjoy the freedom to work on my own terms. To explore the thought process that continues even when the painting is finished. While the bush, the outback, coast or the ocean sets the scene, the real purpose of the image is nature as a powerful, dynamic force.”
He lives in Sydney and on the NSW Central Coast. In 2016, he left his role as an Executive Creative Director in the design industry to focus on painting full time.
Mike Staniford is a contemporary Australian artist, inspired by the atmospheric and emotive qualities of light and weather. His paintings are intuitive and gestural, distilling down complexity, eliminating the unnecessary.
2002 finalist in the Mosman Art Prize
2017 finalist in both the Hunters Hill Art Prize and the Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize.
2018 finalist in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, the Fleurieu Biennale and the Gosford Art Prize.
2019 finalist in the Muswellbrook Art Prize.
2020 finalist in the Lethbridge 20000 Art Prize.
2020 finalist in the Pro Hart Outback Art Prize.
He was also a past member of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales.
His work is held by collectors in Australia, North America, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Italy and Norway.
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