Michael Southern - Arts Canterbury

Michael Southern


Intaglio printmaking is where I received my primary arts training. I made my first etching in 1988 at Amherst College in Massachusetts. In the fall of 1998 I began painting small oils on masonite.

All of these landscape paintings are imagined, representing no particular area and are created entirely in the studio. Every painting is an amalgam of places seen and experienced and ultimately idealised based on the needs of the picture and my desire to take part in the realisation of a “perfect place”.

The introduction of the figures into the landscapes began roughly in 2005 but my overall body of work maintains, at its core, an ongoing investigation into finding our place within the natural world.

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