Artists / Michael Whitehead

After a decade and a half of gallery representation as a full time artist, Michael Whitehead has firmed his place as one of Australia's most exciting contemporary abstact artists. With representation by leading galleries in major cities around Australia, and consistently sold out exhibitions here and in Asia and Europe, Michael has become the artist he was always bound to be.

Even as a child in a country school in northern Victoria, Michael knew what he wanted to do in life.  He was sure about his need to paint and he has been on this journey of discovery, pushing his creativity, for almost 50 years. Today, if you ask him what he does for a living, Michael will say simply that he is a painter and finds no need to correct the record when this conjures up images of ladders, drop cloths and hard to reach ceilings.  While he is very comfortable in his artists skin, he has to be coaxed to don the persona.  He may own the quintessential artists beret, but you'll never catch him actually wearing it!

Michael attended the Bendigo Institute of Technology and graduated with a Diploma of Art and Design majoring in Graphic Design in the mid seventies. He began his first employment as a graphic artist in a South Melbourne design studio run by a Swiss designer.  It was a great experience for a twenty year old fresh from college to work in a team that was winning design awards not only in Australia but also in the US and Europe.

Trips to the USA and Mexico beginning in the late seventies and continuing into the nineties, as well as time in South East Asia, continually exposed Michael to art in all forms and added to his desire to explore his own creativity.  During this time he completed several freelance graphic design works and drawing projects for corporate and private clients.  Michael later worked for the Victorian education department teaching art and photography in secondary colleges.  In the early nineties he opened a screen-printing studio, which catered to both local and overseas clients.  In 1995, Michael and his family relocated to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

A trip to Eastern Europe through a freezing winter in the early 2000s provided the spark that led Michael to explore broader boundaries in his work.  Standing inside a 900 year old walled city that has transformed itself into a vibrant capital provided a huge dose of enthusiasm and renewed his creative energy. He has continued his travels, finding inspiration in every journey.  From the sights, sounds, textures and smells of India and South East Asia, to his latest journey of rediscovery to Europe in 2015 Michael draws energy and creativity from the simplest of touchstones.

Today, Michael works from his studio in Noosa’s beautiful hinterland, where he explores his creation of large layered abstracts.  Contemporary works in which each brush stroke challenges the previous one and oil is pitted against acrylic to create deliberate tension, resistance, and intensity. He uses large blocks of colour layered to capture or reflect light or a moody palette where the under-painting appears to be attempting to break through to provide a fleeting glimpse of a secret world beneath. 

“A painting has to be instinctive and have a sense of urgency but yet remain precise”, says Michael. “If paint runs across a canvas it’s because I’m happy for it to go there or I have encouraged it to do so.  Every stroke, every line, is intended to leave a record of its journey.  I strive to have my works exhibit no fear of exposing their inner selves -- the ‘complexity of construction’ if you like -- of how they came to be”. 

Jive is proud that Michael began his gallery collaboration with Jive and has grown from there.   Today, he is an exhibiting artist in leading galleries across Australia’s major cities and his work features in private and corporate collections around the world. Collectors of his work join Michael’s creative journey and the more they live with and experience his art, the more each piece seems to reveal itself to them. 

 

Michael's sold out exhibition history speaks to the success of his work around Australia and increasingly the world...

Exhibitions: 

2016        

Fragile Horizon, Jive Art, Noosa Heads, Australia

2015        

The Amber Road, Jive Art Noosa Heads, Australia

 Kunat Fine Art, Germany

 Soho Galleries, Chifley Series, Sydney, Australia

2014        

Moonlight Mile, Soho Galleries, Sydney, Australia

       

Asia Contemporary Art Show -- Jive Art, Hong Kong (May)

Chifley Tower -- Soho Galleries, Sydney (May)

Featured Artist -- Gallery One, Gold Coast (June)

Crazy Little Thing -- Jive Art, Noosa Heads (June)

Abstraction -- Kunat Fine Art, Germany (August) 

2013

Serious Moonlight -- Solo Exhibition Jive Art (December 28 - January 8, 2014)

Desert Beans - Solo Exhibition w/ Jive Art & Noosa International Food & Wine Festival

Solo Exhibition - Kunat Fine Art, Kierspe, Germany

 

2012

Solo Exhibition - Gallery One Southport, Queensland, Australia.

Black & White - Solo Exhibition, Jive Art, Noosa heads, Australia

2011        

Exhibition, Gallery One Southport, Australia                

Art Melbourne, Victoria

In Deep, Jive Art, Noosa Heads

2010  

Exhibition, Gallery One, Southport, Australi                

Jive Art, Noosa Heads, Australia

2009        

Splendid Isolation, Jive Art, Noosa Heads, Australia

Art Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

2008         

Group Show, Libby Edwards Gallery, Brisbane      

‘Book of Dreams’ Exhibition, Gadfly Gallery, Perth

Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne 2007        

Art Sydney, Sydney, Australia

‘Mythical Landscape’ Exhibition, Jive Art, Noosa

TVH Galleries, Seaforth, New South Wales

Art Melbourne, Melbourne Australia

2006

Art Sydney ’06 Fox Studios, Sydney Australia
Art Melbourne, Melbourne Australia
Thierry B. Contemporary, Group Show, Melbourne
2005       

Art Gallery Collections, Gold Coast – Group Show
Fox Studios, Sydney Australia
Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2004       

Fox Studios, Sydney Australia
Melbourne Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne Australia

Commissions & Corporate Collections

Michael’s work is included in many significant corporate art collections, some of which are noted below:

·        Brico Melbourne

·        Nambour General Hospital

·        Soho Hudson Personnel Melbourne

·        Silverwater Resort San Remo Victoria

·        Titanium Developments, Queensland

·        Stockland Developments, Gold Coast

·        Boutique Bendigo

·        Taylors Fine Dining Melbourne

·        Two commissioned works hang in thereception area of IP Australia, the Trades and Patents Office in Canberra.

·        Four of Michael’s paintings were selected for use on the set of “Rex” by Fishy Productions, which was entered in the Trop Fest short film festival in Sydney.

Works

Bound 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Bound

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

180 x 150 cm

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Rift 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Rift

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

150 x 150 cm

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Canyon 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Canyon

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

150 x 120 cm

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Valley 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Valley

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

120 x 150 cm

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Increment 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Increment

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

140 x 140 cm

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Fragment 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Fragment

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

140 x 140 cm

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Interval 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Interval

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

140 x 140 cm

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Way Out West 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Way Out West

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

130 x 130 cm

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Latitude 1 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Latitude 1

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

70 x 220 cm

Latitude 2 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Latitude 2

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

70 x 220 cm

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Can't Get There from Here (Fragile Horizon Series) 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Can't Get There from Here (Fragile Horizon Series)

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas.

150 x 180 cm

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Flood 2017 by Michael Whitehead

Flood

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

100 x 200 cm

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Beyond 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Beyond

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas. Float Framed

101 x 101 cm

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Continue 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Continue

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas. Float Framed

101 x 101 cm

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Fragile Horizon (Title Piece New Series) 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Fragile Horizon (Title Piece New Series)

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas.

100 x 200 cm

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Waiting for the Sun (Fragile Horizon Series) 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Waiting for the Sun (Fragile Horizon Series)

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas.

120 x 180 cm

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On the Horizon (Fragile Horizon Series) 2016 by Michael Whitehead

On the Horizon (Fragile Horizon Series)

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas.

120 x 150 cm

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Infinite Horizon (Fragile Horizon Series) 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Infinite Horizon (Fragile Horizon Series)

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas.

100 x 200 cm

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Extent Horizon 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Extent Horizon

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas.

180 x 180 cm

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Vista (Fragile Horizon Series) 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Vista (Fragile Horizon Series)

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas.

150 x 120 cm

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Turbulente Bleu (Fragile Horizon Series) 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Turbulente Bleu (Fragile Horizon Series)

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas.

180 x 180 cm

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Meridien 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Meridien

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas.

120 x 150 cm

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Enclave 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Enclave

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas.

120 x 150 cm

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Vast - Emphatic Exhibition 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Vast - Emphatic Exhibition

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas. Float Framed

101 x 101 cm

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Myriad - Emphatic Exhibition 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Myriad - Emphatic Exhibition

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas. Float Framed

122 x 101 cm

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Bound - Emphatic Exhibition 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Bound - Emphatic Exhibition

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas. Float Framed

122 x 101 cm

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Gather - Emphatic Exhibition 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Gather - Emphatic Exhibition

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas. Float Framed

101 x 101 cm

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Inclusion 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Inclusion

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Linen.

120 x 170 cm

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Once Before Goodbye 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Once Before Goodbye

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas. Stretch Framed.

150 x 210 cm

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Summitt 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Summitt

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas. Stretch Framed

100 x 200 cm

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Wreath 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Wreath

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas. Stretch Framed

100 x 200 cm

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Seclude 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Seclude

Acrylic and oil on Canvas. Stretch Framed.

120 x 150 cm

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Province 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Province

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas. Stretch Framed.

120 x 150 cm

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Realm 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Realm

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

100 x 200 cm

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Prevail 2016 by Michael Whitehead

Prevail

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

100 x 200 cm

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The Amber Road - 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition 2015 by Michael Whitehead

The Amber Road - 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition

Mixed media on canvas

150 x 200 cm

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Brugge - 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Brugge - 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition

Mixed media on canvas

150 x 200 cm

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Minnewater Lake - 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Minnewater Lake - 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition

Mixed media on canvas

120 x 150 cm

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Bridge (Brugge)- 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Bridge (Brugge)- 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

180 x 180 cm

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Waterways - 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Waterways - 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition

Mixed media on canvas

150 x 120 cm

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Canal (Brugge) - 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Canal (Brugge) - 2016 The Amber Road Exhibition

Mixed media on canvas

120 x 150 cm

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Vacinity 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Vacinity

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

100 x 200 cm

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Swell 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Swell

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

100 x 200 cm

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Domain 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Domain

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

100 x 200 cm

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Making Tide 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Making Tide

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

120 x 120 cm

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Foreshore 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Foreshore

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on canvas

120 x 120 cm

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Gentle Collapse 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Gentle Collapse

Acrylic, oil & bitumen on Canvas

140 x 180 cm

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Udiapur 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Udiapur

Synthetic Polymer, Oil and Bitumen on Linen

183 x 183 cm

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Jiapur 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Jiapur

Acrylic, oil, bitumen & oxide on Linen

170 x 150 cm

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Rajasthan 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Rajasthan

Acrylic, oil, bitumen & oxide on Linen

170 x 210 cm

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Laguna, Landmark Exhibition 2015 2014 by Michael Whitehead

Laguna, Landmark Exhibition 2015

Acrylic, oil & bitumen on Canvas

160 x 220 cm

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The Soft Parade 2015 by Michael Whitehead

The Soft Parade

Synthetic Polymer, Oil and Bitumen on Linen

122 x 182 cm

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Tidal Influence 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Tidal Influence

Acrylic, oil & bitumen on Canvas

90 x 180 cm

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Tee Tree Bay, Landmark Exhibition 2015 2015 by Michael Whitehead

Tee Tree Bay, Landmark Exhibition 2015

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas

100 x 200 cm

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Moonlight at the Oasis 2013 by Michael Whitehead

Moonlight at the Oasis

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Linen

150 x 170 cm

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Reverie 2014 by Michael Whitehead

Reverie

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas

150 x 150 cm

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Takka 2012 by Michael Whitehead

Takka

Acrylic on Canvas

125 x 170 cm

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Harmony 2014 by Michael Whitehead

Harmony

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Canvas

120 x 120 cm

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Taj 2013 by Michael Whitehead

Taj

Acrylic, oil and bitumen on Linen

120 x 150 cm

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Homeward 2013 by Michael Whitehead

Homeward

Acrylic on Linen

152 x 100 cm

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Desert Beans Exhibition - Pushkar Mezze 2013 by Michael Whitehead

Desert Beans Exhibition - Pushkar Mezze

Acrylic, Bitumen & Oxide on Canvas

180 x 200 cm

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Desert Beans Exhibition - Udiapur Feast 2013 by Michael Whitehead

Desert Beans Exhibition - Udiapur Feast

Acrylic, Bitumen & Oxide on Canvas

100 x 200 cm

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Lost Horizons 2013 by Michael Whitehead

Lost Horizons

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

150 x 200 cm

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Outcrop II 2013 by Michael Whitehead

Outcrop II

Acrylic on Canvas

150 x 150 cm

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Studio Fifty Floor 2013 by Michael Whitehead

Studio Fifty Floor

Acrylic and oil on Linen

205 x 285

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Howling Wind - Howling Wind Exhibition 2012 by Michael Whitehead

Howling Wind - Howling Wind Exhibition

Acrylic on canvas.

190 x 210 cm

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New Day Yesterday 2012 by Michael Whitehead

New Day Yesterday

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

150 X 120 CM

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Contemplation 2011 by Michael Whitehead

Contemplation

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

122 x 122 cm

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Slow Horizon 2010 by Michael Whitehead

Slow Horizon

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

60 x 270 cm

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