Michael Hight
New Zealander, born 1961
Selected exhibitions
The Hunterville Suite,
Gow Langsford Gallery
Page Blackie Gallery
Michael Hight: The Miniature Garden,
Page Blackie Gallery

With photorealistic accuracy, Michael Hight captures the often overlooked beauty in the most minute details of a landscape. A self-taught artist, Hight began painting at the age of 14; although oil painting remains his primary medium, he is also a sculptor and assemblage artist, fusing found objects such as tin, wood, and charcoal ash in his compositions (items often sourced from the particular locations he attempts to evoke.) Such places include landmarks from his childhood and the rural countryside of New Zealand; his best known work depicted manmade beehives set among the New Zealand landscape. These beehives become juxtaposed to the surroundings, where their angular geometry is in contrast to the organic, natural environment; however, through the consistency of Hight's color palette, he melds both worlds together.