Luxembourg / Austria
Mike Shane's style of bodypainting is exhilarating and potent. His creation of the 'action painting' style is an innovation and a breakthrough. The technique remains his alone, as he works in the 'now' to colour moments of space and time. His work brings together all the necessary aspects of bodypainting - painter, performer, photographer, with such clarity of vision that his artwork is unforgettable. Mike has studied fine arts and in his performances work with athletic and balletic models whose movements are elegant and intriguing. Mike's radical liquid splashes of colours contrast with each other on ever changing levels as he composes, changes and destroys his fluid orchestral artworks. His works also celebrate the movement of paint with gravity, how fast, where and why it will move a certain way over the shapes it reaches. Mike has created an impressive portfolio of work for advertising and promotion. Some of these works are carried out in his action painting style but many of them show a separate angle to his work that is equally creative. Mike is able to take the logo or idea of the company he is contracted by and to design it into a bold pattern of colours that lives on the body. These bodypaintings are equally important as they show that it is possible to create a commercial bodypainting and still have an artwork as a finished product. After 10 years of experience on the commercial side of bodypainting, creating concepts, leading teams as an art director, Mike now shares this knowledge in his "commercial bodypainting-workshops" In 2010 Mike created the artist-group "CREACHIEFS" along with Bella Volen, Birgit Mörtel, Chris OBSN, Lena Pock and Eva Brosch.