Photo: Michael Jarvis in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East

Michael Jarvis

Artist, Maker, Art historian, Writer, Lecturer / academic

Concepts My work is painterly and textural, often combining media and techniques, for example, incorporating collage, photograph and drawing into the painting. I work in series, sometimes purely abstract with a focus on colour, shape and facture. In other series I will combine fragments of other images into the painting. I do not work with preconceived ideas or images in mind but allow pieces to develop over time in an improvisatory way. Influences As a teacher and educator , I have worked in a variety of educational contexts. Whether teaching pre-school children or undergraduate students I perceive a need for the physical engagement with materials that painting offers. One reason for the vibrant continuing life of painting is that it permits the individual to 'play' as well as being a mode of practice which affirms a sense of 'physicality', whether in the interaction of viewer and image, or between image and maker. Career path I consider myself as self-taught. I was a primary teacher for fifteen years and developed my practice alongside my teaching practice. I now work part-time at Northumbria University, predominantly with students on teacher training courses. Though I've had some commissions, I have to teach in order to support my painting. In 2009 I completed a PhD at Lancaster University which focused upon painting. The title of my thesis was 'The Successive 'deaths' of Painting,' and in this work I investigate some key moments when painting was declared a redundant practice, yet was able to resurrect itself on each occasion. In fact, although painting is now just one practice among many it still retains a vibrant presence in contemporary fine art.

Location Newcastle upon Tyne, North East
Activities Early years education, Primary education, Workshops, Critical writing, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Education project, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
Tags painter, abstract, gestural, improvisatory, drawing, collage, mixed media