History

Michael went to the VCA, finished in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in sculpture and for the following eight years worked for his VCA supervisor at Perrin Sculpture Foundry, where he had the opportunity to learn modern and traditional bronze casting techniques.

The foundry offered the privilege of working with many of Australia’s leading artists on the execution of major commissions.This time enabled the production of two large bodies of work which resulted in two major solo exhibitions.

Michael works in a range of different media including large scale murals, bronze, stone and timber sculpture, painting and printmaking. New materials and new technique inform his work and it is constantly evolving.   

 'Art is not just about technique. I believe that it is also about the mysteries of creativity and the ways in which creative people serve to enrich our understanding of who we all are.' Michael Porter

 

EDUCATION

2004   Bachelor Fine Arts Victorian College of the Arts

COMMISSIONS

2017    Youth engagement project, Commissioned by The City of Ballarat
2017    Upper Esplanade painting mural, Commissioned by The City of Port Phillip
2017    Docklands Mural, Commissioned by Blender Studio
2017    Easey St Train Mural. Private Commission by Easy St
2017    Acland Court painting mural, Commissioned by The City of Port Philip
2016    Balaclava railway station painting mural, Commissioned by The City of Port Philip
2016    Park Towers community housing mural, Commissioned by The City of Port Philip
2016    Swallow st park PowerStation mural, Commissioned by CitiPower 
2016    Hamilton skate park mural project, Commissioned by Hamilton Regional Gallery
2015    Chainsaw carving technician, Assistant to Mark Shaller, Commission for Qdos
2015    Bronze casting, Private Commission
2014    Sculpture Point Leo Technician for Adrain Mauriks, Commissioned by John Gandel 
2014    NZ Bus Shelter design murals and installations, Commissioned by NZ shelters
2013    Dunkeld Roadside Billboard, Commissioned by Southern Grampians shire Council 
2013    Gurtrude street Collingwood mural, Commissioned by the Jesuit Social Service
2013    Bronze casting, Officer Precinct Artist Technician, Heather B Swann, Commissioned by Cardinia Shire
2012    Bronze Casting, Queensland Artist Technician for William Eicholts, Commissioned, War Memorial
2012    Public art Commission, arts act, civic, Technician for Anne Ross, Canberra
2011    New Acton Lift Shaft Mural Project Canberra, commissioned by Molongo group 
2011    Bronze Casting, Private Commission
2010    Jam Factory mural, commissioned by Rolling Thunder Skateboards
ART EXHIBITIONS
2017     Backwoods Gallery Solo Show
2017     Syria Fundraiser 'For Syria's Children' Group Show
2017     Door Night Group Show
2017     'A Whole Different Animal Brightspace Gallery. Group Show
2017     Deakin Small Sculpture Award Finalist
2017     Yarra Sculpture Gallery Residency and exhibition
2014     Subject/Matter Brightspace Gallery
2013     Double Vision Brightspace Gallery
2011     Winter Salon Brightspace Gallery
2011     The Seven Visible Signs of Ageing, RMIT Open Space gallery Melbourne
2010      Urban Intervention Yarra Sculpture Gallery Abbotsford
2010      Street/studio, No Vacancy Gallery Fed Square
2010      Emerging Artists Exhibition Without Pier Gallery
2009      Until Never Gallery Hosier Lane Melbourne
2009      Spring Summer Salon Brightspace St Kilda
2009      Yarra Sculpture Gallery Abbotsford
2008      Summer Salon Brightspace St Kilda
2007      Hush Hush Gallery Hosier Lane Melbourne
2005      Mapping the City St Kilda Rd Melbourne
 
ART WORKSHOPS
2006     Gateway Project Collingwood
2007      Monash Gallery of Art Wheelers Hill
2008      Melbourne City Council Laneway Mural Melbourne
2012      StKilda PCYC Mural project
2014      StKilda PCYC Mural project
2016      Hamilton Regional Gallery Skate Park Mural project

PUBLICATIONS
2004      Conform S Folk Macmillan Publishers
2004      Street Art Uncut M Lunn Craftsman House
2006      Rash N Hansen ABC TV
2007      Uncommissioned Art C Dew Miegunyah Press
2007      Making Space D Heagney VIAN
2010      Street / Studio Young A Thames & Hudson