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Mike Worrall "Frenzy"

Mike Worrall

Painter, Artist

Mike Worrall’s skill is to stand at the sensory threshold, that hypothetical border between sumptuous and sinister. His large tableau paintings are maze-like journeys into surreal landscapes and, if the wrong path is taken,who know where it may lead. He invites us to step beyond the threshold into the hinterland of the human soul. Each vignette, each composition, is in itself a perfect still from an unfinished film, perhaps left as a talisman by an obscure film-maker. Each painting celebrates a cultural succession borne of the Renaissance, followed by a dash of Baroque grandeur (think Velasquez), as well as the twentieth century champions of Surrealism – think Magritte and Delvaux – who developed techniques to allow the unconscious mind to express itself and interpret dreams.

 

Worrall was born in 1942 in Matlock Derbyshire, UK. He has worked in the feature film industry as an “ideas artist”, and a Worrall painting famously inspired director Roman Polanski’s film Macbeth. Based in NSW, Australia, Worrall has been a practicing artist since the early 1960s, exhibiting both locally and internationally.

EXHIBITIONS:
2022 “The Narrow Way”, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne
2015 Richard Martin Gallery, Sydney
2013  Richard Martin Gallery, Sydney,
2011, Richard Martin Gallery
2009 Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2009 ICO Gallery, New York, USA
2008 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney 2007
2004 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney
2002 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney,  2000 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney
1996 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney 1992 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney
1971 Piccadilly Gallery, London, UK
GROUP EXHIBITIONS 
2016  ‘Figure and landscape’, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney 2012  Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2010  Mosman Art Prize, Sydney 2009  Mosman Art Prize, Sydney 2008  Sharps Painting Award, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2007  Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2006  Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney   Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2005  Sharps Painting Award, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW   Contemporary Painting Award, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2002  Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney   Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle, NSW 2000           Mosman Art Prize, Sydney 1992–09 Wagner Contemporary, Sydney 1991  Painters Gallery, Sydney 1985  Team Macmillan Ford, Auckland, NZ 1980  Riverside Studios, London, UK 1978  Lyric Theatre, London, UK 1968   Guild Hall, London, UK
AWARDS
2012 Winner, Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2008 Winner, Sharps Painting Award, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2005 Winner, Sharps Painting Award, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW 2004 Winner, Contemporary Painting Award, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Gosford, NSW
COLLECTIONS 
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Selected Works

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