Garden Stories: Michael J.B. Black

Through his thought-provoking artwork, the artist examines the duality of gardens as spaces of growth and decay, where the interplay between nature and culture manifests in profound ways.


The public is warmly welcomed to the opening reception on Sunday, June 2, 2024, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to personally engage with the artist, savour the artwork, and connect with fellow art appreciators over refreshments and nibbles. Michael will offer remarks around 2:30 pm. This event is generously supported by Ch√Ęteau des Charmes, providing an assortment of fine wines.

Artist's Statement
Informed by a late Modern interpretation of abstraction, my current practice typically moves between painterly and post-painterly interpretations of cultural history and biomorphic forms. The age and patina of old walls, scraps of manuscripts, natural forms, etc. provide sources for the textures and compositions I use in my work. Whatever the source, I attempt to balance the pre-planned with the immediacy of the painting process itself, so that the images created are able to convey universal themes as well as to allow for variations in interpretation.