Making art as part of a collaborative community is an ever-changing, unpredictable, and always inspiring process. In this series, we celebrate the unexpected outcomes of studio cross-pollination, collaboration, mishaps and coincidences.
Michael Colpitts is a visual artist and sculptor, who creates incredible abstract paintings in his studio here at Creative Gateways.
“Lately, I’ve been really focused on creating the feeling of uplift. That even though they’re abstract, there’s a sense of soaring, flying, wings outstretched, uplifting when you look at the paintings. I’m giving you a taste of my attraction to birds flying, soaring. I’ve been a pilot on commercial jets, on gliders, and on hang gliders. I really want that feeling to come across in my paintings.”
Collaboration in action
One of the things all the artists at Creative Gateways treasure is the feeling of being part of a creative community. The connection and collaboration is informal and spontaneous. Just as the studios are open for visitors to come into at any time, artists drop in on each other, comment and appreciate each others’ work, and often provide unexpected inspiration to each other.
For Michael, one such moment came when Marika captured a detail of one of his flight paintings to use in a card promoting Creative Gateways’ gallery space. As well as being a part of the AMusinGlass team, Marika is our gallery manager and has the job of creating materials to promote our community. Rather than using an entire painting, she focused in on one “wing” of the abstract shape, and when Michael saw the card a light bulb went off.
“Marika used this part of the painting for a card for Creative Gateways. When I saw that and what she did – I said ‘that’s beautiful!’ I’m going to make a painting that’s long and thin, 5 feet high.”
Michael went on to explain what this kind of collaboration is like.
“This is totally a new experience for me, having several other people that I can collaborate with. We don’t necessarily do what the person is suggesting and that’s a gift, that we can give feedback without any attachment to the outcome. It’s really fun to have people to collaborate with, bounce off.”
Come and experience our community
If you’d like to see Michael’s latest work, or find out what’s currently inspiring our artists, drop into Creative Gateways and say hi! When our artists are working, we’re open – and we’d love to welcome you in. Click here for details of how to find us.