Michael Stafford is a Visual Artist living and working in Dundalk. He studied at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology where he obtained a National Diploma in Fine Art and a BA in Fine Art at Sligo Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
He has had numerous exhibitions including solo shows in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum in Dublin, several in the Basement Gallery in the Town Hall in Dundalk and the Dundalk Museum.
He was also part of numerous group exhibitions including the Crow Gallery, Temple Bar in Dublin, the Niland Gallery in Sligo and recently the Horizon exhibition in the Basement Gallery.
He was also awarded residencies in Creative Spark Dundalk and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig.
He has worked with adults and children as an art facilitator with the Dundalk Institute of Technology, Jobstown Community College, Dublin and numerous schools and organisations in Dundalk.
He is also a member of Creative Spark and the art collective Art as Exchange (AAEX).
This current work involves an eclectic mixture of styles which are more instant than previous works.
The work practice involves improvisation, memories, design and on occasions happy accidents.
This body of work is a series of experiments with paint, ink pigments and spray paints which is an exploration of the mind and materials.
“It’s something I have always done; my first memory is copying cartoon characters, then I got into graffiti art, outsider art and then into fine art”.
“My current work still involves an eclectic mixture of styles but much more free and instant. I move from tight control to loose painterly concerns and back again. Improvisation, memories, design and happy accidents are seasoned with a decent amount of failure.”