Michael Mclaughlin



There is a new kid on the block and his name is Michael McLaughlan. As an artist Michael has been creating good karma at his Zen Factory since 2001. He works in Batik (wax and dye on cotton) as well as sculpting wonderful masks and insects from mild steel.

McLaughlan's hand cut giant ants, scorpions and scarabs are delightfully creepy. His detailed masks are replicated from Aztec, Mayan, Buddhist, African and Aboriginal cultures from around the globe.

Many of Michael's Batiks are quite large and he uses vibrant dyes to maximum effect. Although the artistic themes are varied McLaughlan has recently been working with the landscape in an effort to broaden and refine his skills. The results are Impressionist influenced pictures that have a dreamlike quality which puts one in mind of softly translucent watercolour.

Michael is at his most passionate when working on a new piece and that unbridled enthusiasm is amply evident in all his work.

All are invited to view MICHAEL McLAUGHLAN's fine art works
during April 2004 upstairs at The Upstairs Gallery
189 Sydenham St., Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm.

Michael McLaughlan's Zen Factory
Artist Statement

The domain of my self-expression is my Zen Factory. I make
pictures in batik, using wax and dye on cotton and ornamental
sculpture. The processes with each medium are dear to my heart.
In fact the manufacturing is more important to me than the finished

When a piece is done I feel joy, elation and pride. However once
the work is finished so too is the relationship that existed between
myself and the batik or sculpture. Deep inside, emptiness creeps
in so I fill the void by beginning a new work. There is something
cathartic about the cutting, hammering and shaping of metal or the
waxing of muslin with invisible brushstrokes that reveal themselves
only after dye-ing.

When selecting subjects for my work I do acknowledge public
tastes but ultimately I choose what pleases me. In my metalcraft
that includes giant ants, scorpions, scarabs and dragonflies.

My batiks are usually large and vibrant. I love colour, the bolder
the better. It brings drama and beauty into my life.

I hope when looking my work the viewer can see and feel the
passion that goes into each and every piece I make.