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Michael Patrick Golland

Video of Michael doing his sculpture.

Michael Patrick Golland was born in Yorkshire, England and spent his childhood travelling the ancient moorlands. He walked along the paths used over the centuries by the Ancient Britions who built sacred sites to the Sun & Moon Gods. He was fascinated by the patterns created by the ancient monuments and sites such as Stonehenge, and Carnac. Originally he graduated from Engineering in Sheffield according to his father's wishes. Using his training he created many designs of modern art jewellery and worked as Design Director for several international Companies. After successes in these fields he decided to follow his heart and create his own paintings and sculptures. Along the the way he travelled to many countries visiting Ancient Monuments where he refelt his heritage and spirit. In Mexico he went to cast a bronze series of sculpture and visited Teotihuacan and Mount St. Alban and Oahaxca. On his return he started a new series of painting using the purity of the square based on the principal of the epicenter. This is surrounded by fields of color in answer to the energies he found at these sacred sites. Each individual piece reflects its meditational use.

Michael created some works of the heart for a project in February 2011.This is an excerpt from an article in the Gleaner - a community newspaper..

"In 2011 Michael Golland, contemporary artist and longtime Liberty Village resident, created a wall of 40 heart paintings. These hearts will premiered at the “ A Work of Hearts” event in Liberty Village.

A portion from the sale of these paintingswent towards the (LEAG), a charitable organization that supports artists with limited speech and mobility. Heart paintings by the Laser Eagles will also be on display, and LEAG-designed greeting cards will be available for purchase.

Golland wanted each of his heart paintings to be unique, yet also represent his signature style, which is a simple line with a washed over process.

Each heart follows the mathematical principle of Leonardo Da Vinci ’s Fibonacci ratio. This proportion runs throughout the universe and has also been used in masterpieces, such as the Mona Lisa. “It gave a very harmonious result,” says Golland.

He painted each heart a different colour. He says these are “the  colours of the last century.” They include his personal favourite— burnt orange—as well as cobalt blue, ultramarine violet, and green-gold. He says each heart takes him “hours and hours ” and he paints over each creation “at least a dozen times.”

The paintings will range in size, the largest is 4 feet by 4 feet, while  the smaller ones are 2 feet by 2 feet. As each painting is sold, it will be replaced with another painting, replenishing the wall of hearts. The exhibit will remain for six weeks after the launch date.

Liberty Village has been Golland’s home for almost 20 years. He has seen artists leave the area, but has stayed because he says he believes in Liberty Village. “We have an opportunity still to keep it in the creative segment or we are going to lose it,” says Golland. He says that establishing oneself as an artist is “ nearly impossible.”"

It may seem impossible but Michael does it very well. Good luck Michael!

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