Michael Grevatte was born in 1943 in Northern Rhodesia. His early years were spent in West Sussex, and he has lived for last fourteen years in Glastonbury, Somerset.
Grevatte studied Sculpture at Leicester Polytechnic and has since been working as an artist for the last 40 years, producing work both figurative and abstract art in three-dimensional form. He has been commissioned to make public sculptures in stone and bronze for Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire as well as exhibiting widely in the UK with sculpture, painting and prints. He has been carving and painting wood reliefs for over 30 years, taking inspiration from the imagery and bold colours of abstract Tantric and Tribal Art of India.
“I started working on carved and painted wood reliefs about 25 years ago, being inspired by Indian tantric art. This work has evolved over the years but still retains the strong imagery and bold colours of the originals. I am concerned with the individual’s journey through life and the qualities and experience of the surrounding universe. The balance and interaction of form and colour are also very important in the work. The reliefs are carved from English hardwoods from various sources – offcuts from local sawmills, sections of hollow trees and timber from old buildings. They are painted in oil paint and then sanded down to reveal the marks left by the carving process”. - Michael Grevatte , 2012. All images © Michael Grevatte.
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