As February is the month of love, we have the pleasure of introducing our first featured creative doing what they love…
Name / Age / Location
Michael Kearney / 29 / Glasgow
Originally from Elgin, moving to the bright lights of Glasgow, Michael is an incredibly talented hand cutting stencil graffiti artist.
We caught up with him in his workspace to see what makes him create such stunning work.
Is there a method to your madness?
There is an element of trial and error. Some are funnier than others, but if you don’t try then you lose out on the learning experience. Most of the pieces I create have allowed me to gain valuable insights on what works and how these methods can be further explored.
What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
This is very hard to choose to be honest because each are unique in their own way but if I had to choose it would be “Bothwell lane”. This is the one of Bothwell lane in glasgow when it was under construction with major scaffolding work going on.
What are your plans for the future, what can we expect next?
I always strive to push myself out of my comfort zone with the aim of capturing and showcasing the really RAW elements of my work.
I’m thinking along the lines of distressed pieces, looking at what I can create with paint stripper and textured wood.
Where can one find your pieces for sale?
Actually I upload my finished work on my facebook page first then my website. Often I find that they sell out before I even get the chance to add to my website.
We hear you have had some major players in the music scene who have commissioned you to create work?
A lot of the music and art scene plays a huge influence in my work and I think thats the main reason why I’ve had the chance to create work for the likes of DJ hype, DJ hazard, Evil B and MC Skibadee.
What about outside glasgow or the UK, do you plan to go across the waters?
It’s funny one day I’m trying to figure out what new materials I can try out and the next I have people from Australia, France, Norway, Poland and the USA contacting me about my pieces and how they can get them!
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for other artist out there?
If you are not willing to challenge yourself then who will? With that said, when I get to a point where I’m pretty comfortable with a particular method, I know it’s time to ask myself what can I now try to flip this method on its head. This mindset opens up avenues that often leave me presently surprised.
Also accidents are fine, but accidents involving blood.. I’ve come to find the fewer the better!
Do you have a favorite artist? If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?
Glasgow based artist Rogue One. His pieces are dotted around glasgow and you can’t not stop and look and it’s ridiculously clear that an abundance of time and passion is evident in creating such giant and intricate pieces of work.