23 June to 15 July, 2005
"Michael Cullimore is belatedly becoming recognised as one of our most significant contemporary artists; a man of passion and intellect in the tradition of such visionaries as William Blake and David Jones.
My own first encounter with his work came in 1979 when I chose two fine pencil drawings of the Denbigh hills for the inaugural exhibition of Oriel Mostyn, 'The Native Land'. At that time Michael was himself a curator, organising many notable exhibitions of newly emerging artists for Oriel Bangor, including the first of David Nash's sculptures.
Four years later, I welcomed the chance to host 'I am awake in the universe', an ambitious touring exhibition of over 80 works produced by Michael during a period of almost 30 years. Here one saw his first works from the Sixties that drew upon the theme of Jonah, followed by other subjects to which Michael still returns today - Leda, Prospero, Orpheus and Eurydice. Others were insightful observations of the natural world and still more speculated on the metaphysics of space, light and time.
In Michael's own search for meaning in life, his work changes the way we look at existence and the world around us. Whether it is through a distillation of poetic, mythological or biblical texts, or through his own vision of nature, his work consistently focuses on moments of transformation; shape-shifting experiments dwelling on the eternal cycles of growth and decay, death and re-birth.
This exhibition, his second at Cosa, shows recent work produced as Michael approaches his 70th year, as prodigious as ever. His latest Jonahs and a new series inspired by the close passage of Mars across the night sky are amongst his finest; intense, glowing watercolours melting into the white handmade paper".
Clive Adams, independent curator.
Please see Michael's page in the Artists Section for more images.