Painting and illustration
Mich Olly is a visual artist who has primarily worked in illustration, painting and animation for the majority of his career. Mich Olly works and lives in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne exploring and celebrating his life out west. His life is a celebration surrounded by the wonderment found in creative industries across Melbourne, including circus, dance and animation being apart of his informed arts practice.
His work reflects the movement of the body, transformation, love and celebration and animation of the imagination. Through honouring an inner playfulness, nostalgia and lowbrow imagery, his work surrounds themes encompassing the human condition of desire, addiction, dependence and religious symbology of rebirth. Olly's uses motion of paint as a means to incorporate textural, tangible forms on canvas and walls create a natural and jovial experience for his audience.
The figures in Olly's work seek to perform fantastical and unusual acts; creating a language to describe the child of life who experiences anxiety and psychical agony. The religious symbolism in his work is a celebration of an ability for the world to ostensibly reach higher forms of consciousness. These forms, the most intuitive parts of self, reflect on a collective experience of a place and a time where there is no place or time, where our physical reality and the subconscious all seem to merge as one.