Michael Camakaris is an emerging artist. His art practice draws inspiration from diverse subjects such as safari animals, the avian world, puppetry, portraiture and landscape. In Michael’s hands, these eclectic subjects are imbued with drama, depth and intensity. Through abstraction, Michael’s work utilises bold outlines, compelling contrasts and a rich colour palette. In his landscapes, he integrates organic and angular shapes, presenting confident, colourful environments with a tenacious structure and dynamism.With an occasional nod to cubism and surrealism, these works comment on industrialisation and the environment and at times offers a brewing sense of foreboding.
Michael has worked at the Arts Project Australia studio since 2010, and presented his first solo exhibition, Five Bulls, No Bull, as part of the Shepparton Art Museum’s Drawing Wall Commission in 2013. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including, Nests at Northcity4; 2014 Belle Arti Prize at Chapman & Bailey Gallery; the National Gallery of Victoria’s 150th anniversary; and the Linden Postcard exhibition, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art.