A reflection of tumultuous times, Mike Rutherford uses digital photography to “paint” an image with multiple layers, both to the artist and to the viewer. Evocative, moody, often dark, the images are designed to make the observer look and think.
A former advertising and commercial photographer, Mike put the camera down in the early 2000s, taking it up again in India two years ago. His work uses digital manipulation to turn photographs into moody, dark, painterly images that portray both the artist’s interpretations while allowing the viewer to project their own imaginings into the depiction. Since 2020, Mike has won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Art Festival, Second Prize in the New York Center for Photographic Art Black and White Awards and has exhibited in group shows in Texas, Greece and the Los Angeles Center for Photography. He is also a finalist in the 2021 National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize and was a finalist in the 2020 Percival Photographic Portrait Prize. He held a one-person show at the West End Art Space in June this year.
Festival Passes for the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale are on sale now.
Mike Rutherford~Vital Signs
- Mike Rutherford
August 28, 2021 - October 24, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm