Michael Herron has been painting and drawing for 28 years, teaching for the last 17. At the age of 22 – after studying for 5 years at both Meadowbank TAFE and City Art Institue (now COFA) – he won the Sydney Morning Herald Travelling Art Scholarship in 1988. This, combined with the D yson Bequest from the Art Gallery of NSW, allowed him to stay in the Mora Dyring Studio at the Cite Internationale des Artes in Paris – from here travelling for 2½ years in Asia, Europe, and America. Since then Michael has won many awards and has had solo and group exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Melbourne, Mackay.
His artworks in Milton House Gallery are based on a trip to the Flinders Ranges – all done ‘plein air’. “The flinders trip was a big experience for me. My work for the several years previous had dealt with gardens and the man made natural world. So being dropped in the desert was a shock. I found the lack of trees – which lays bare the rythmn on the land – inspiring and i produced 70 drawings and paintingsd in response. It was really interesting coming to terms with the scale of the landscape, the colour, and it changing constantly with the light through the day. I hope my paintings convey my interest and enjoyment in the physicality of the flinders Ranges.”
|The Pinnacles, Arkaroola 3, 2012||Acrylic and Gouache on Linen||840 x 760mm||$4,500|