• Distant Relatives
    Michael McWilliams - Distant Relatives
    acrylic on linen 160 x 200 cm
  • Bush Surprises
    Michael McWilliams - Bush Surprises
    acrylic on linen 160 x 200 cm
  • The Lucky One
    Michael McWilliams - The Lucky One
    acrylic on linen 120 x 100cm
  • Clothesline Collaboration
    Michael McWilliams - Clothesline Collaboration
    acrylic on linen 120 x 180cm
  • Draped Native
    Michael McWilliams - Draped Native
    acrylic on linen 120 x 100cm
  • Night White Flyers
    Michael McWilliams - Night White Flyers
    acrylic on canvas 150 x 100cm
  • Almost a Still Life
    Michael McWilliams - Almost a Still Life
    acrylic on linen 100 x 75cm
  • Still Life with Elizabeth
    Michael McWilliams - Still Life with Elizabeth
    acrylic on linen 75 x 100cm
  • Pale Companions
    Michael McWilliams - Pale Companions
    acrylic on linen 75 x 100cm
  • Veronica's Turn
    Michael McWilliams - Veronica's Turn
    acrylic on Kauri Pine panel 27 x 66 cm
  • The Horn Protector
    Michael McWilliams - The Horn Protector
    acrylic on Kauri pine panel 21.5 x 42 cm
  • On the Edge
    Michael McWilliams - On the Edge
    acrylic on Kauri Pine panel 24.5 x 32.5cm
  • A Lonely Apple
    Michael McWilliams - A Lonely Apple
    acrylic on Kauri Pine panel 36 x 41cm
  • Silvie on a Sunday
    Michael McWilliams - Silvie on a Sunday
    acrylic on Australian Cedar panel 20.5 x 29.5cm
  • A Tricky Manoeuvre
    Michael McWilliams - A Tricky Manoeuvre
    acrylic on Australian Cedar panel 17 x 17.5cm
  • Stella's Blanket Ride
    Michael McWilliams - Stella's Blanket Ride
    acrylic on Australian Cedar panel 19.5 x 19cm
  • Double Cover
    Michael McWilliams - Double Cover
    acrylic on Australian Cedar panel 17.5 x 29.5cm
  • Comfy Pears
    Michael McWilliams - Comfy Pears
    acrylic on Australian Cedar panel 17 x 17.5cm
  • Winnie's New Hat
    Michael McWilliams - Winnie's New Hat
    acrylic on Australian cedar panel 16 x 17.5 cm
  • On a Warm Damp Day
    Michael McWilliams - On a Warm Damp Day
    acrylic on Australian cedar panel

Michael McWilliams | Blanket Capers

Tasmanian-based painter, Michael McWilliams, will exhibit a new body of work at MiCK, Sydney’s newest contemporary art space, from 2-29 July 2012. MiCK is pleased to be presenting McWilliams’ first solo exhibition in Sydney after many successful shows in Victoria and Tasmania. His highly sophisticated paintings depict colonial-like Tasmanian landscapes and interiors incorporating native and farm animals along with a dash of the artist’s keen sense of humour. In his most recent exhibition, Blanket Capers, McWilliams further explores outdoor and indoor environments however with this group of works the artist has featured blankets within his compositions which create dramatic contrasts – indoor/outdoor, hard/soft, curved/angular.

‘Contrasting elements in nature have always interested me. By including blankets in this image of the Tasmanian Bush, a sharp contrast between light and dark is made, creating both interest and drama. As the viewer looks at the different lines, shapes, textures and colours the blankets help emphasise these variations and qualities.’

The artist’s personality is charmingly evident in his work; his connection to the Tasmanian bush, his beloved animals (he is the proud owner of four pugs) and his passion for antiques. McWilliams is a co-owner of Longford Antiques which has provided inspiration for many of his works in addition to pieces of furniture which he often uses as canvases.

McWilliams has had more than a dozen solo exhibitions and his work has been included in many more group shows. He has won some of Australia’s most coveted art prizes including the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (2005, 2008) and the Glover Art Prize (2004) amongst others.