Artist interview with Michael Wallner

Hi Michael, how would you describe your work?

My art celebrates the beauty of the city through the shapes and outlines that define its character. The work is created by digitally manipulating my own photographs to produce unusual works of art on brushed aluminium, reclaimed wood, brass, even a 1930’s window, as well as neon, magnetic, and L.E.D installations. 

What are your influences?

Most weeks you’ll find me wandering the streets trying to find unusual angles to photograph London from. In particular I love views from high buildings. On a few occasions I have hired helicopters which allow me to fly without the doors on to achieve better shots to work from. 

I also have work celebrating the landmarks and landscapes of New York, Paris, Dubai, Singapore, Miami, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong.

Without giving too much away, what should we look forward to from you, this year?

Hopefully this year my work will be a little more abstract and there will be more ‘light' art - either with L.E.Ds or neon. There may also be work on concrete. 

Where did your career begin?

I studied photography as part of a Communications Masters Degree at the University of Florida. 

Before becoming a full time artist I worked as a Television Producer working on light entertainment, chat shows, property programmes, documentaries, and an animation. 

Have you won any awards?

Under 11 Sack Race Champion. 

Where might we have seen you and your work recently?

My Battersea Power Station neon piece was featured in the Evening Standard in an article about an exhibition of Battersea Power Station art in 2015. Battersea Power Station bought the piece. 

Mat Kemp and I were interview on BBC Radio London Robert Elms Show (not by him but his stand-in) about our group show A River Runs Through It in 2016. 

Would not want to mention my buyers by name but there are one or two CEOs of top businesses and corporations.

What do you enjoy about being at WAS?

The landlord. The warmth of my studio, no wait, that’s my flat. Always get them mixed up. 

Working amongst so many talented artists has really helped develop my work. Being here has encouraged me to experiment with new and unusual materials. 

For more information on Michael Wallner and his practice visit michaelwallner.co.uk

Hannah Munby