Artists >> Hutchison Michael
I am an artist and engineer from Scotland currently living and working in London. After studying an engineering degree my need for balance and self-expression led me to undertake a more informal fine art education. Still a practicing structural engineer I particularly enjoy the dichotomy between disciplines, using one to counterpoint the other.
Perennial themes I use art to explore include the illusion of permanence, the struggle of opposites, the place of the irrational in a society favouring the rational. I often use the contrast between regular, geometric forms and sinuous ones as a point of departure. For me created images have the potential to give meaning to the flux of it all, even if only fleetingly.
All Too Human is a series of work exploring the human body in movement and change. The pieces depict rapidly alternating yoga poses with their shifts in balance, contractions, expansions, twists and turns. Over time, and in response to the fleeting nature of the subject, the methods of painting became ever more direct. The canvas developed into a visible record of the process: warming up, working out compositions, attempting to depict a figure in motion.
None of the mistakes or hesitations could be removed or painted over without compromising the energy of the piece and these imperfections were embraced as something entirely human.
2004 - BTEC Art and Design Foundation Diploma, Telford College, Edinburgh
2001 - BEng Civil Engineering, The University of Bristol
2015 - All Too Human, Surface Gallery, London (solo show)
2015 - Open Studios, Euroart, London
2014 - Making Seen, Espacio Gallery, London2014 - Urban Angles, Espacio Gallery, London
2013 - Open Studio, Magenta Art, London
2013 - Disparate Motives, Curious Duke Gallery, London
2011 - A Big Show of Little Works, The Birdcage Gallery, Newcastle
2007 - End of Year Exhibition, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh
2006 - CCS Summer Show, Edinburgh College of Art
2004 - Diploma Show, Telford College, Edinburgh