Michael Tierney

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Michael Tierney stands out for his fantastical landscape paintings inspired by contemporary culture.
Combining acrylic, emulsion and pastel, bold graphic lines and juxtaposed shapes, his pieces are a flotsam and jetsam of colours and creatures.
Michael Tierney received a scholarship to study Art and Design before being scouted by the Saatchi Gallery.

British artist Michael Tierney stands out for his fantastical mixed-media paintings which conceptualise the chaotic and multi-layered aspects of contemporary culture that often leave us over-stimulated and disorientated. A blend of Street Art, Pop Art and graphic design, his colourful menageries sizzle with characters, creatures and colours plucked from the artist’s imagination.

Michael Tierney’s Education and Early Career

Michael received a scholarship to study art at the University of Brighton. Only four years after he graduated, his paintings were snatched up by the Saatchi Gallery and exhibited at their ‘Spring Fever’ exhibition. In 2016, the Wall Street Journal got wind of Michael’s talent, calling him a ‘rising star’ in the industry. Since, his mixed-media mash-ups have continued to humour and delight observers across the globe, featuring in The Guardian newspaper and on the Royal Academy and Dazed websites. His pre-Brexit Pro-EU posters, in particular, garnered media attention.

Style and Approach

Michael’s creations are a maelstrom of ideas and simulacra expressed through bright colours which pop from the canvas, bold graphic lines and juxtaposed shapes. His complex compositions are inspired by places the artist has visited as well as his impressions of everyday life but reflected through distorted, funhouse mirrors. Fun and playful pieces such as acrylic and spray paint Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! create tensions between real life, the alien and the imaginary. Michael’s style epitomises the weird and wonderful of fantasy art, and the overwhelming stimuli modernity confronts us with.

Selected Works

Melee (birds, cats, crocs and frogs) by Michael Tierney
Cardinal Sin by Michael Tierney

Cardinal Sin

Paintings - 75x100 cm
Danse Macabre by Michael Tierney

Danse Macabre

Paintings - 50x50 cm
Party in The Magnetosphere by Michael Tierney

Party in The Magnetosphere

Paintings - 70x70 cm
All Stars Party by Michael Tierney

All Stars Party

Paintings - 40x40 cm
Starbright by Michael Tierney

Starbright

Paintings - 30x30 cm
Bite Me by Michael Tierney

Bite Me

Paintings - 40x40 cm
It's in the trees! It's coming! by Michael Tierney
Bears! Bears! Bears! by Michael Tierney

Bears! Bears! Bears!

Paintings - 120x120 cm
Swans etc. by Michael Tierney

Swans etc.

Paintings - 85x85 cm

Pizza Face

Paintings - 85x85 cm

Death Drop Disco

Paintings - 40x40 cm

Leader of the Pack

Paintings - 40x40 cm

Walk Like A Man

Paintings - 20x20 cm

Megamaster

Paintings - 100x100 cm

Superstar DJ

Paintings - 100x100 cm

Winner Medal

Paintings - 80x80 cm

Battle Mode

Paintings - 100x100 cm

Superboss

Paintings - 80x80 cm

Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!

Paintings - 80x40 cm

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