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LAST CHANCE Mike Arnold: Chasing The Light
14 April 2018Free
Large-scale canvases, smaller studies and a series of limited edition prints by Dubai-based artist Mike Arnold, who returns to his architectural roots (he spent 40 years of his professional life hand-sketching precise designs for architectural renderings) by focussing on landmark buildings in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and “capturing their inner spirit”.
His large-scale oils use alla prima (wet-on-wet painting) for a more immediate feel, with visible brushstrokes texture conveying life and character. Arnold says: “When I was an architect, I did everything by hand, I sketched constantly and one of the most important things was not to overlook any small detail. But, as an artist, I no longer have to finish everything for my audience, I can let their eyes finish it for them. I like to leave voids as they give space for possibility and imagination”.
Above: Mike Arnold, Creek (Study III), 2017