It’s Day 278 and I spent most of the day on working on music, but I was able to finish my painting early. The drying process is what took most the time! Join me in honoring Michael Staniak today.
MICHAEL STANIAK (b. 1982)
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
Michael Staniak is a painter whose interests are aligned with artists who use digital strategies to create objects or make works of art inspired by the culture of the web.
Michael Staniak earned a BFA and an MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts,
Melbourne as well as a BA from Middle Tennessee State University.
He is the founder and Director of Paradise Hills Gallery, an artist run initiative in Melbourne Victoria. He has had solo exhibitions at Nellie Castan, Metro Gallery and Blockprojects, Melbourne and Artereal Gallery, Sydney.
His international representation and reputation is growing with a solo show in 2014, Image DNA, at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA who took Staniak’s new works to Brussels Art Fair and he has been included in group shows at Horton Gallery and Charles Bank, New York. In the remainder of 2014 and in 2015 he has showings in Vienna, Naples, Brussels, South America, Italy, Los Angeles and Istanbul scheduled.
Biography is from www.artereal.com.au. It was difficult to find an extensive biography.
Here’s a blurb about his painting from www.rhizome.org.
Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present Image DNA, a solo exhibition by Melbourne-
based artist Michael Staniak, featuring paintings that seamlessly combine attributes of analog and digital processes. Although Staniak creates the paintings mostly by hand—he builds up texture with uneven layers of plaster and then paints the surface in a range of ways—the paintings bear an uncanny resemblance to flat digital prints. Indeed, one must view the works up close to perceive any texture or depth, and as such, they behave like contemporary trompe l’oeil paintings that baffle the senses. Some paintings do however utilize digital methods of output and in so doing create a dialogue between the two modes of production.
I hope you enjoy my tribute today. It was another day that was nice to honor an artist around
my age. 🙂 I decided to do a monochromic painting because his paint work seems so difficult to emulate without using an airbrush or maybe the proper type of paint. I’m not sure! I still like my piece and had a great time creating it. It was very inspiring!
I will see you on Day 279. Best, Linda