Michael Muir, ‘Shining in the dark’, 2015, Sophie Gannon Gallery

About Michael Muir

Even though Michael Muir paints landscapes, he purposely does not paint en plein air, preferring to create the compositions from his recollections. Muir’s scenes are composed of simplified forms and planes of solid color with shaky borders—an effect he achieves by applying paint to his canvas using a palette knife. Muir says of his style: “The continued use of broad flat planes of color gives the landscapes a different sense of reality in which there is a perception of simplicity.” The paintings are grouped in series that not only share related subjects, but also color palettes. He notes Mark Rothko, Paddy Bedford, Jeffrey Smart, and Francis Bacon as influences.

British-Australian, b. 1975, Kilmarnock, United Kingdom, based in Australia