Michael Cavanagh is the latest gifted artist to take part in Patrick Grady MP’s ‘Local Artists Project’.
Glasgow North is home to many incredibly talented and creative artists and this project hopes to promote up-and-coming artists across the area. The project sees local artists displaying their artwork in the constituency office for 4-6 weeks at a time, and has proven to be real a talking point for passers-by. Since its creation in 2015, a total of 8 local artists have taken part and Michael will be the 9th.
Michael Cavanagh has had a lifelong interest in art, but in his own words said that he has always put his own drawing and painting in the doodling category as he rarely completed works before crumpling them up and discarding them. More recently, through ill health, Michael used drawing as a way of meditating away the realities of chronic pain and increasingly limited mobility.
The main influences in his life are the people closest to him, while artistically Michael is inspired by Chinese and Japanese artists from the tenth century onward as well as cave art and the craftsmanship of Celtic and Hellenic treasures.
Patrick Grady said “I came across Michael’s work through the Kelvindale Art Project, a vibrant open-air art gallery at Kelvindale Train Station, and I was so impressed with his creative talent I asked him to take part in the Local Artists Project. Michael's eye for capturing the intricate detail of flora and fauna is remarkable. I'm delighted that he could take part, and I hope more people come to appreciate his work, through the project."
Anyone is welcome to pop by the office in Firhill Road where his art will be on display until the end of August. Passers-by will be able to take away business cards to contact the artist directly for purchases.