Michael Lowe



At first glance Michael Lowe's paintings seem photographic but further reflection reveals the artist's individuality in interpreting his subject. Confident brushwork, subtle and skillful use of light deliver masterful paintings of refreshing clarity. 


Lowe’s unique twist on realism is a precision realism, that’s not photo realist, rather an advanced realism where the hand of the artist is almost invisible - allowing the subtly of the pallet, quality of light and designed drama to take viewer beyond the surface, engaging directly with a landscape, rather than its representation. 

Michael’s work is often difficult to locate in space or time, as Lowe shy’s away from choosing obvious reference points, often framing instead overlooked aspects of ‘landscape’. In celebrating the less obvious aspects of a New Zealand landscape, the work does not distract the viewer with notions of location, it rather speaks more broadly of New Zealand and ‘landscape’ in general. His paintings also contain signs of civilization but no (human) civilians. The civilizing signs come in the form of dilapidated buildings or fence posts that show some signs a settlement once took place but the condition hints that this has perhaps long since deceased or moved on. The natural landscape however flourishes remaining robust, eternal and majestic, in contrast to the decaying blemishes left by humanity. 

Free to Roam Looking for Argentina Curious Clouds over Whakapapa Chasing Hotoke's Tail
The Third Lantern Hidden Runways Offshore Development Clear Intersection Ahead
Wrong Address Dune Mindless Mindfulness Fishy Fish
Catching Dreams Simple Pleasures Friends Across The Way Red Herring
Buds Totem Closer that Content Lighthouse
Our Special Place Glow Worm Afternoon whispers