Monday mornings, rucksack equipped, Mike gave huge importance and priority to his rendezvous with Didsbury Drawing. A vital lifeline to his week. Pencil and paint, lines and colour leaving a trace that today, leafing through the abundantly filled drawing books, feels like reading through his personal diary.
In Mike’s own words “I have tried to resolve the dualities of my existence by seeking a balance between objectivity and subjectivity”. Didsbury Drawing was certainly a vehicle for that inner dialogue. Drawing what you really see versus what you want to see.
Often returning from the morning’s drawing elated or troubled, pleased or disappointed… never triumphant. Life drawing, he admitted was a battle with self. Determination was not enough. Seeing was one thing, leaving a trace of it was another.
Inspired by life models Ruby and Marie Claire’s contour’s, curves and unpredictable postures resulted, I believe in his most successful drawings.
Mike left us on the 29th March 2020.
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