Michaels home and studio on the shore of Lake Forsyth/Wairewa overlooks the once fortified Maori Pa site, Oruaka, at Birdlings Flat, Banks Peninsula in Canterbury New Zealand. It is a wild volcanic landscape and Southern Ocean that provides rich veins of earthen images, atmospheres and energies that seep into his work.
Michael is a full-time artist, his recent work has often utilized found materials/objects, embracing pagan animism he feeds off the already long lived spirit-energy of this place.
His method is to start with coloured washes and then seek out emerging forms, side step the inner critic and trust in the painting directing him and evolve its own persona.
Michael says, ‘that seems to work for me, im attempting to follow a genuine path of discovery, Its not really even coming from me, its coming from some other place. My style I find difficult to define, Pagan Animism, Modern Primitive, Contemporary Cave Art, although perhaps this defining is unimportant?
He is currently working on a body of work where his intention is to delve deeply into the spiritual nature
of earth, rock and water. At the end of every painting day he canoes across the lake
at the bottom of his property to the hills where he walks. He comments that ‘the past is undeniable here it oozes unseen influences from the high and low places, this significantly and mysteriously influences my work’.
Michael Springer has four Paintings in the national collection of the James Wallace Arts Trust and was the winner of the 2015 Edinburgh Art Awards judged by Barry Cleavin. He is Represented by Chambers Gallery, Christchurch and Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland.
2014 – Group Exhibition ‘Compostable Materials’ Roots Restaurant, Lytteton. –
2014 – Group Exhibition ‘Jambalaya’ The Incubator Tauranga.
2014 – Adam Awards at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Wellington and NZ touring show.
2014 – Finalist, Anderson Park Spring show, Invercargill.
2015 – Solo Exhibition ‘Searching for the God particle’ Linwood Community Art Gallery, Christchurch.
2015 – 1st place Edinburgh Art Awards, Dunedin. Judge Barry Cleavin.
2015 – Solo Exhibition ‘The Un-Naming of the Beasts’ Black Asterisk Gallery Auckland.
2016 – Group Exhibition Down by the Liffee Gallery Lincoln, Canterbury.
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 – Group Exhibition Chambers Gallery Christchurch
2018 – Dual Exhibition with Nick Williamson ‘Un-Common Ground’ Next Gallery, Christchurch.
2018 – Group Exhibition, Chambers Gallery, Christchurch. 2019 – Dual Exhibition with Helene Olivia, ‘Under the watchful eye’ Chambers Gallery, Christchurch.