Press Release
Michael Jarvis is a painter based in Newcastle upon Tyne, in England. He has had various solo and group exhibitions in the United Kingdom.

Michael’s practice is concerned with affirming the physical and material character of painting, particularly in the context of a dominant visual culture of digitally mediated images. Similar to the work of archaeology the artistic process has the potential to retrieve as well as uncover information. The painter can use the process to access those areas of the unconscious which are neglected in everyday life. The physicality of the painting procedure with its constant beginnings, dead-ends and repetitions can enable insights to occur which can access or ‘excavate’ the basic ideas which preoccupy the maker.

The individual ‘handwriting’ of the painter can become a vehicle for expressive action and reflection. The transference of materials like paint and crayon onto the surface is of critical importance as it is a tangible sign of the thinking and working process.

The drawings in the exhibition were made in response to the artist’s exploration of an old Jewish graveyard in Berlin. They are not literal depictions of the site of course, but rather a way to think about the various labyrinth of stones, tunnels and trails which run haphazardly around this site. Like the archeologist, the painter engages in a search for something which might be inaccessible or lost in order to impose a semblance of order onto a series of scattered fragments.

1997 The Holy Biscuit - Theme and Variations, recent work by Michael Jarivs - Read here

1997 Putting Art at the Centre, report commissioned by the Artists’ Agency and Newcastle Health Authority
2002 Art, Design and Technology - A plea to reclaim the senses, International Journal of Art and Design Education Volume 21 no. 2, 2002, pp124-131
2004 The Importance of Painting in Pedagogic Practice, International Journal of Art & Design Education Volume 23 no.3, 2004, pp316-325
2007 Articulating the Tacit Dimension in Artmaking, Journal of Visual Arts Practice Volume 6 no 3 pp201-213
2009 Francis Bacon and the Practice of Painting, Journal of Visual Arts Practice Volume 8 No 3
2011 What Teachers can learn from Artists, International Journal of Art & Design Education Volume 30 No 2 pp153-163
2012 Reflections on the Legacies of Cy Twombly and Lucien Freud, The National Society for Education in Art & Design magazine, Spring 2012, Issue 4, pp 8-9
2014 Finding a Space for Art, International Journal of Education Volume 10 No 1, pp86-98
2009 PhD thesis, The Successive ‘Deaths’ of Painting
2006 Vicky Hurst Foundation project report, The Emergent image-making of Young Children
2005 Northumbria University Applauding & Promoting teaching project report, A Place for Painting





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