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Daniel Miekle is a mixed media artist with a spontaneous approach to his work which explores texture and mark making to find the state between creation and destruction.

This exhibition brings together 5 years of studio practice since joining Synchro studios in Leigh on Sea in 2014. I create figurative paintings, rendered in an expressionist style that attempt to capture the human form in a state between creation and destruction. The figures are seemingly being formed and falling apart simultaneously. Using sporadic mark making and energetic drawing methods, I aim to capture a sense of anxiety and isolation. I work as instinctively and spontaneously as possible as to not overthink or add unnecessary complexity to the process. Painting directly onto found surfaces such as board and cardboard, I explore a range of materials both traditional and unconventional. Acrylic paint, block printing ink, emulsion, mortar, charcoal and tippex among others. I use art purely as expression and therefore try to avoid allowing the work to become a decoration. To me it is a type of therapy and the process of painting is probably the closest I get to achieving presence of mind. I work at a fast pace and try to avert from overworking the image, allowing it to stay fresh and raw. My influences are embedded in 20th century art history, most notably expressionism/neo expressionism. Artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach have helped direct my practice.

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