Dave Midgley

Artist Statement

I'm a child of the 1960s, and after leaving school I had a brief sojourn at Lancaster Art College in England. Becoming disillusioned with college life, I left to pursue other interests, eventually finding my way into graphic design in 1979.
Whilst I enjoyed life in and around various design studios, I decided that I'd had enough of the daily 9.00 - 5.00, and would study to become a teacher.
Whilst studying, I wanted a relaxing hobby that would give me an escape from sitting up through the night poring over text books. I decided that I would like to try my hand at painting, mainly as an antidote to the stress that studying for a PGCE and other teaching qualifications in tandem, entailed.
I found the freedom that painting directly onto canvas gave me was so much different from the rigid structures of graphic design, and after flirting with abstract expressionism, found my niche painting portraits of the great and good of popular music.
I'm always looking for something a bit different and challenging to paint. Different surfaces and textures have been explored, and I liked the challenge of painting a 45 single, especially as it seemed a logical extension to my portraits of musicians.

Commissions can by arranged to have your favourite 45 single painted by contacting Fault Line Projects.