The Art


Michael Hight Cross­ing the Line: Wai­hou River, Oil on Linen 1500mm x 2750mm

b. 1961, New Zealand Lives in Auck­land

Michael Hight is a self-taught painter who has been ex­hibit­ing reg­u­larly since the late 1980s. He has a Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sci­ence and un­der­took ex­ten­sive travel through North Amer­ica, Europe and North Africa in the eight­ies. He is most com­monly as­so­ci­ated with his re­al­is­tic de­pic­tions of bee­hives in the New Zealand land­scape, par­tic­u­larly in Cen­tral Otago and Can­ter­bury. More re­cent works have tem­po­rar­ily left be­hind his iden­ti­fi­able land­scapes in favour of sur­real dream­scapes within which a per­sonal sense of real child­hood in­no­cence is ev­i­dent. His use of jux­ta­po­si­tion, am­bigu­ous sym­bols and an over­whelm­ing sense of the dark and mys­te­ri­ous, to­gether cre­ate an un­cer­tainty in th­ese works that is as cu­ri­ously haunt­ing as it is beau­ti­ful. Cross­ing the Line: Wai­hou was shown in Hight’s 2014 solo ex­hi­bi­tion of the same name. Hight has an ex­hi­bi­tion his­tory of more than 25 years. He con­tin­ues to ex­hibit reg­u­larly in New Zealand and Aus­tralia. High­lights in­clude in­clu­sion in ex­hi­bi­tions at City Gallery, Welling­ton (2001 and 2007)—and his work is held in nu­mer­ous pub­lic and pri­vate col­lec­tions in New Zealand, and pri­vate col­lec­tions in the UK, Ger­many, Italy, USA, Hong Kong and Aus­tralia. In 2014 Gow Langs­ford Gallery pub­lished his first mono­graph Michael Hight: Cross­ing the Line. Gow Langs­ford Gallery has rep­re­sented Michael Hight since 1987.

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