About The Artist

 

'Spiritual journeys, infinite pathways, dreamscapes and quirky compositions'

During my days at Art School I recall being asked on more than one occasion whether I was Italian or if I'd changed my name to that of the great Renaissance master Michelangelo! The latter always made me laugh and of course the answer to both is 'no'. I was indeed born Michael Angelo LaValette, to Scottish parents in the city of Glasgow.  

It therefore came as a surprise to my parents when from an early age I showed promise as a budding artist! My earliest memory of this was at the age of 5 when my schoolteacher showed them a drawing I'd done of an umbrella. She was intrigued by the fact that I was the only pupil who chose to draw an inside view showing the spokes in great detail.

At such an early age I wasn't to realise that my emerging talent would eventually land me a place in the world renowned Glasgow School of Art. Instead of specialising in Fine Art however, I chose Jewellery and Silversmithing as my specialist subject, graduating with a BA(Hons) Degree in Design.

From a young age I was fascinated by illusion and magic which led to my admiration of the work of the Surrealist painters like Dali, Magritte, Delveaux and also that of M C Escher, creators of dreamlike, illusionary compositions. This kind of imagery lends itself well to my vivid imagination! 

In my final year at art school, my work took the form of decorative objects rather than pieces of jewellery and much of my inspiration was derived from architectural features from around the world as well as a combination of perspective, secrecy and surprise. The main body of work for my degree show was a series of 3-Dimensional landscape paintings contained within protective, triptych style boxes which could be opened and closed to reveal or conceal, when desired, the secret held within.

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art I was keen to do some travelling before finding work, however I unexpectedly found both at the same time when I landed myself a summer contract as Airline Cabin Crew. My contract was made permanent and I spent 16 fabulous years travelling the world. My airline career was hugely rewarding and much of what I've seen and experienced during my travels around the globe has greatly inspired me as an artist. 

Dreamlike, spiritual, enigmatic and quirky are but a few of the words I might use to describe my work! Solely focusing on painting now and working primarily in oils, I've produced an eclectic mix of original and commissioned artwork over the years, some of which can be viewed in my Gallery pages. To discuss any aspect of my work please feel free to contact me.