Michael Walking 2020
dimensions30 x 25
mediumoil on board
Piermarq Gallery (Sydney) and Studio Gallery (Melbourne)
Artist Statement & Bio
This is a small painting of Michael (Mickey) Mouse, or is it?We often, if not always, present a veneer, a version of ourselves to the world.What Michael is behind this mask? Could it be Mickey himself or maybe Michael Caine, or MichaelJackson, Michael Tyson, Michael J Fox?Who Knows?? We have to keep laughing though; I think that’s very important.
Craig Handley is a realist painter who lives and works in Berry, NSW. On leaving school he completed a signwriting apprenticeship. He then moved into a long career in the animation industry. Both of these experiences have had a marked effect on his approach to painting. He has held several solo exhibitions Sydney and has been a finalist in major prizes around the country including The SulmanPrize, The Moran Prize, The Mosman Art Prize, The Fleurieu Art Prize, The Glover Prize, The Hadley’sArt Prize and The Wynne Prize 2016/2018. In 2015 he was the winner of The Kogarah Art Prize,Sydney and in 2017 he won the KAAF Art Prize, Sydney. He is represented by Piermarq Art, Sydneyand Studio Gallery, Melbourne.