Mike Speller, An Artist Lecture
Michael works almost exclusively in bronze having been fascinated with the medium from his very first visit to a foundry; it’s fluidity and the challenge it presents is reflected and expressed in all his work. His distinctive, elongated figures are often impressed with emotive words and objects to create hugely expressive and textural surfaces. Solitary or grouped, his figures represent how we live in the world, combining the influences of family, friends, environment and society.
The last twelve months have been an incredibly creative time for Michael working on a new exciting body of work for his second solo Mayfair show and he continues to work on many private and public commissions. His recent commissions include Encompass, unveiled by HRH Prince Andrew in Greenwich, several works in Hong Kong and a beautiful piece is about to be sent to Ireland. At RHS Chelsea, this summer, he designed Nourish, the centre piece of Kate Gould’s gold medal winning Show Garden – City Living. He is currently in discussions for a large commission within the City.
Austin Pearce Lecture Theatre 1, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH