MICHAEL PAYSDEN STUDIO: Via Locatelli 47, 24121 Bergamo, Italy      EMAIL: michael@akafire.co.uk
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Michael Paysden was born near London, UK, in the early 50s and began painting & writing very early on. Following a Foundation Year at Maidstone College of Art, he graduated from Brighton University with a BA(Hon) in Fine Art. He has had exhibitions in the UK, Croatia, Italy and Australia. His work also includes sculpture, etchings and engravings, performance, music, film and animation. At present he is based in Italy.
His current projects include the creation of a series of books, destined to become part of a "library" that will, in itself, form an art object/installation. These books, printed in limited editions and assembled by hand, are termed "Surrealist Novels in Images". Each volume consists of a sequence of automatic drawings, presented exactly in the order in which they were created and without further modification. Most images include a text, also created automatically while drawing. The images and texts are to be viewed as whole, not separately, and together they form a story, or "Novel", captured from the artist's unconscious mind. There is no censorship of what emerges.
To contact Michael Paysden for any reason, click here to send an email, go to the Contact page, or otherwise use the information below...
Studio:
Via Locatelli 47
24121 Bergamo
Italy
Tel:
+39 346 249 8138
Email:
michael@akafire.co.uk
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INFLUENCES & SIMILAR
(a list of books, people, places, paintings, music that
have deeply affected me, not simply "favourites")
Jeff Keen
Dino Buzzati
Roberto Matta
Béla Bartók
Béla Lugosi
Milena Dragic
Giorgione
Marcel Duchamp
Wassily Kandinsky
Max Ernst
Henry Miller
W G Sebald
Isidore Ducasse
André Breton
Darius Milhaud
John Martin
Frank Zappa
Erica Jong
Richard Brautigan
Vladimir Nabokov
Pablo Picasso
Howard Inchbold
Stefan Themerson
Pedagogical Sketchbook
M R James
H P Lovecraft
Luis Bunuel
Jeff Hawke
Cal Schenkel
Doctor Strange
Krazy Kat
Algernon Blackwood
Stephen King
Philip K Dick
Tintin
Eric Satie
Nosferatu
Bram Stoker
Chet Baker
Alain Robbe-Grillet
T S Eliot
Eugenio Montale
Dylan Dog
Steve Ditko
Alfred Jarry
'Pataphysics
Raymond Roussel
Gustav Meyrink
Atalanta Fugiens
Guillaume Apollinaire
Adrift in Soho
Alan Davie
Graham Sutherland
Zagreb
Wilfredo Lam
The Elements of Drawing
Vincent van Gogh
Bernard Quatermass
Georges Seurat
Isle of the Dead
Henri Rousseau
Nadja
The Castle of Otranto
Céline et Julie vont en Bateau
Alan Burns
Mervyn Peake

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