Mike Staniford

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Mike Staniford is a contemporary Australian artist, inspired by the bold colours of nature and the celebration of its shapes and forms. Mike’s paintings are intuitive and gestural and seek to reinterpret the landscape, to distill down its complexity and eliminate the unnecessary. 

“My paintings are a result of engaging in a dialogue with the landscape. Refiguring the geographical elements, playing with the compositional structure and keeping the geometry rich and varied, regardless of the literal proportion of form.” 

He has had several solo and joint shows at the ME Gallery in Sydney and a solo show at the Juniper gallery in Perth in March 2019. He has been finalist in a number of prestigious art prizes, including the Mosman Art Prize 2002, the Hunters Hill Art Prize 2017, the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2018, the Fleurieu Biennale 2018, the Gosford Art Prize 2018, the Muswellbrook Art Prize 2019 and the Lethbridge 20000 Art Prize 2020. 

His work is held in private collections in Australia, the U.S., Norway, Italy, UK, New Zealand. 

He was educated at the Plymouth College of Art and Design in the UK and in October 2017 was selected for a residency at Joya AiR, Andalucis, Spain.  

He lives in Sydney and on the NSW Central Coast.






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Mike Staniford, Dancing Shadows 2019 | Oil on canvas, 121 x 167 cm 

Finalist, 2020 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize


N'Dhala Gorge in the East McDonnell ranges took my breath away. I was inspired by the atmospheric landscape and the emotive qualities of high contrast light that kept the foreground dark and brooding yet washed the far peaks in bold orange. I wanted the painting to intuitive, gestural and convey that emotion to the viewer, a sense of that particular moment in time before the light moved and changed the narrative again.

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