Michael Whitehead

'My work is the creation of usually large layered abstracts, in which each brush stroke challenges the previous one, the creation of deliberate tension, resistance and intensity. I believe a painting has to be instinctive and have a sense of urgency but yet remain precise. If paint runs across a canvas it’s because I’m happy for it to go there or I may have even encouraged it to do so. Every stroke, every line, is intended to leave a record of its journey. I want the works exhibit no fear of exposing their inner selves -the “complexity of construction” if you like, - of how they came to be.'

Michael Whitehead began work as a graphic artist in a design studio in Melbourne Australia in the mid-seventies.He has taught art in Victorian Secondary Colleges, opened a one-man screen-printing business, and worked as a builder’s labourer. He has also taken time out to travel overseas. For the past few years he has been painting full time with his work represented in Australian galleries and is in public and private collections both in Australia and overseas.


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Acceptance by Michael WhiteheadAcceptance
Acrylic and Oil on Linen
102 x 203 cm
Anticipation by Michael WhiteheadAnticipation
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Linen
102 x 203 cm
Intention by Michael WhiteheadIntention
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Linen
150 x 200 cm
Premonition by Michael WhiteheadPremonition
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Linen
120 x 180 cm
Prophecy by Michael WhiteheadProphecy
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Linen
120 x 180 cm
Aria by Michael WhiteheadAria
Acrylic On Linen
150 x 200 cm
Dune by Michael WhiteheadDune
Acrylic on Canvas
153 x 153 cm
Find by Michael WhiteheadFind
Mixed Media on Canvas
153 x 122 cm
Meddle by Michael WhiteheadMeddle
Mixed Media on Canvas
153 x 122 cm
Rise by Michael WhiteheadRise
Mixed Media on Canvas
153 x 122 cm
Swell by Michael WhiteheadSwell
Acrylic on Canvas
153 x 122 cm
Verse by Michael WhiteheadVerse
Acrylic On Linen
153 x 122 cm
Plateau by Michael WhiteheadPlateau
Acrylic on Canvas
180 x 140 cm
Ambient by Michael WhiteheadAmbient
Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 120 cm
climatic by Michael Whiteheadclimatic
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 150 cm
Emblem by Michael WhiteheadEmblem
Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 120 cm
Emphatic Notion by Michael WhiteheadEmphatic Notion
Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 150 cm
Environ by Michael WhiteheadEnviron
Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 120 cm
Exemplar by Michael WhiteheadExemplar
Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 150 cm
Fable by Michael WhiteheadFable
Acrylic on Canvas
140 x 100 cm
Metaphor by Michael WhiteheadMetaphor
Acrylic on Canvas
153 x 122 cm
Persuasion by Michael WhiteheadPersuasion
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 180 cm
Proverb by Michael WhiteheadProverb
Acrylic On Linen
122 x 153 cm
Proverb 2 by Michael WhiteheadProverb 2
Acrylic on Canvas
140 x 100 cm
Reach by Michael WhiteheadReach
Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 120 cm
Spell 2 by Michael WhiteheadSpell 2
Acrylic on Canvas
140 x 100 cm
Terrain by Michael WhiteheadTerrain
Acrylic and Oil on Linen
120 x 180 cm
Essence by Michael WhiteheadEssence
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 180 cm