Date(s) - September 14th 2017 - September 24th 2017
Smythe and Barrie
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View an on screen show of work by Digital artist, Mik Strevens, in Smythe and Barrie throughout the festival.
I have been a creative all my life, my Dad taught me how to draw horses, ships, Mickey Mouse and all about animals. I would go on mini safaris in the woods behind our house, lost for hours, just searching for and watching nature.
Miks’ work is predominately digital, he draws photorealistic images, retouches old or damaged photographs and combines multiple photographs and textures to make what is known as Grunge art or fine art photography. Several examples have been published in an international magazine that specialises in digital art called Living the Photo Artistic Life.
At school, Mik studied photography and fell in love with it. He could never take a picture and leave it alone; he would have to do some experimenting in the darkroom to make the image “better or different”. In sixth form, he helped in the photography department, including building a darkroom and a cinema, and spent every free lesson there. He has spent most of his adult life taking photographs.
Mik was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2010. It has had a profound effect on him; coming to terms with a lifelong debilitating dis
ease, he has found it very hard and at times, even now, on a bad day struggles both physically and emotionally. His wife bought him a digital SLR camera, to give for ‘something to do’. This single act reignited his passion for art and has helped lift him every day, something for which he will be eternally grateful to her. Going digital has been a revelation. As his mobility has become worse, he has found not being restricted in his creativity has helped get that ‘virtual shed’ back, providing somewhere to just escape and do stuff.
Mik feels he has come out of the dark days now, feeling stronger and able to cope with life;
I have learned that I can do whatever I want to do, not reined
in by fear of failure, the one thing that held me back before.
He has created an online presence, had thousands of views, likes and hearts. Created artwork for book covers, Music album art, posters, fliers, websites and much more. He has been called an inspiration and voted as one of 21 Digital artists that will blow your mind by Lightstalking.com.
Digital Artist and Photographer. Creator of photorealistic images, Fine Art photography and Grunge Art.
I create dark images, often with everyday objects.