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Mike Harold

Colour In your Life Mike Harold

Featured artist Mike Harold appeared on Colour In Your Life Season Eight (8). Read a little bit about the artist here and support our site by joining and watching the episode below.

Mike Harold is a painter from Dannevirke in the Tararua District of New Zealand. He is best known for his quirky, narrative work. In recent years Mike has exhibited three major series in this genre: ‘Kilmore and Beyond’, ‘Last Foxtrot in Mangakino’ and most recently ‘Peas and Onions for Tea’.

Mike’s painting is especially influenced by the narrative works of two important Australian painters; the modernist Sydney Nolan (especially the Ned Kelly series) and the more quirky, lyrical present-day work of Garry Shead.

Mike likes to see his exhibitions as a celebration of the painter as a storyteller. He is interested in developing limited edition prints from a selection of key images in each of the major narrative series to date. He has participated successfully in many group exhibitions in Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, and Wairarapa over several years.

The Peas and Onions for Tea narrative featured as a news item on National Radio with Jim Mora in April 2012 and as part of the Maori Television’s ANZAC Day program in 2013 titled “The Art of War”.

Mike has appeared in the following Solo Narrative Exhibitions:

  • 2003 ANZ Gallery, Dannevirke
  • 2004 Aratoi (Masterton)
  • 2005 Hawkes Bay Community Gallery, Hastings
  • 2005 Hastings Library Gallery
  • 2007 Percy Thompson Gallery, Taranaki
  • 2009 The Vault, Dannevirke
  • 2009-10 FADAS Gallery, Manawatu
  • 2010 Square Edge Gallery, Palmerston North
  • 2010 Taupo Museum Gallery, Taupo
  • 2011 Percy Thompson Gallery, Taranaki
  • 2011 Southland Art Gallery, Invercargill
  • 2012 Fountain Theatre, Dannevirke
  • 2013 Thornton Gallery, NZ National Army Museum
  • 2016 A & P Display Centre, Dannevirke

You can contact Mike directly via his website

Episode: S08E12

Original Air Date: 16th Novemeber 2014

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