Michael Johnson

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Michael Johnson Artist's Statement

Michael Johnson has been making artworks for public spaces since 1991. His first commission, for the Duchy of Cornwall, a 25 feet high sculptural work in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, won the Birmingham Design Award and has been featured in many publications. He has now completed over 100 commissions for both rural and urban sites throughout the UK. Clients range from national institutions, banks and property developers to local authorities, landscape architects community groups and schools. He has held a number of Lead Artist positions in large regeneration schemes, responsible for designing the arts input, commissioning other practitioners and project managing the implementation of the artworks. ‘Turning the Tide’, the reinstatement of the East Durham coastline after 150 years of industrial spoil, won the interpretation of Great Britain award , achieved heritage status and was opened by the Queen in 2002 by the unveiling of one of Mike's sculptures.

Stainless steel and bronze are Mike's signature materials, though many works incorporate glass, stone and found objects.

Although the studio's output is focused on the larger projects, smaller works, drawings and prints are made to continually feed inspiration for the larger commissions.

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