MS in the darkness of that which is golden, the fruit shall split open to reveal the revelation of the fatal softness in the earth.
MS I am blood in the streets, the catastrophe you can never forget
I am a full-time artist living at Birdlings Flat, on the edge of Lake Te Ro- to O Wairewa, overlooked by eroding volcanic cliffs, ancient Pa sites and ever present rhythmic breath of the wild southern ocean.
At the end of every day I cross the water to walk the hills and contem- plate. The past is undeniable here, it oozes unseen influences from the high and low places, significantly and mysteriously influencing my work.
Using paint as primordial sludge to summon forth unknown creatures from within this surreal landscape, I feed off the long lived spirit- energy that leaks forth. In attempting to quiet my inner critic, I step back and trust in the unconscious unfolding to direct my brush, allow- ing the work to evolve into its own existence.
The power and energy that inhabits this place tugs and pulls at me to delve ever deeper into the spirit nature, embodied in the earth, rock and water, it seeps in and falls out, resurrected one more time.
2014 -Group Exhibition, Compostable Materials, Roots Restaurant,
2014 -Group Exhibition, Jambalaya, The Incubator, Tauranga Gallery
2014 – Finalist, Adam Awards, the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Wellington, selected for inclusion in NZ touring show. 2014 – Finalist, Anderson Park, Spring show, Invercargil.
2015 – Solo Exhibition, Searching for the God particle, Linwood Community Art Gallery, Christchurch.
2015 – Supreme Award, Edinburgh Art Awards, Dunedin. Judge Barry Cleavin.
2015 – Solo Exhibition, The Un-Naming of the Beasts, Black Asterisk Gallery Auckland.
2016 – Represented by Black Asterisk Gallery at Auckland Art Fair. 2016 – Solo Exhibition, As the tongue returns to the jagged stump of tooth, Mint Gallery, Dunedin.
2016 – Solo Exhibition, Painting for God, Little River Gallery, Banks?\ Peninsula.
2017 – Group Exhibition, Collude, with Philip Trusttum, Next Gallery. 2017 – Xmas show Chambers Gallery Christchurch
2018 – Dual Exhibition, Un-common Ground, with Nick Williamson Next Gallery, Christchurch.
2018 – Xmas show, Chambers Gallery, Christchurch.
2019 – Dual Exhibition, Under the watchful eye, with Helene Olivia?Smith, Chambers Gallery, Christchurch.2019 – Finalist in Parkin Drawing Prize, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington.
29th Nov 2023 - 16th Dec 2023: No Man’s Land – Michael Springer Helene Olivia Smith Akilah Hammond
01st Dec 2021 - 19th Dec 2021: To All the Ghosts that Haunt Us – Michael Springer and Helene Olivia Smith
22nd Jan 2019 - 9th Feb 2019: Under the Watchful Eye
11th Dec 2018 - 22nd Dec 2018: CHRISTMAS 18
12th Dec 2017 - 22nd Dec 2017: CHRISTMAS SEVENTEEN