Micahel Brennand-Wood

A defining characteristic of my work has been a sustained commitment to the conceptual synthesis of contemporary and historical sources, in particular the exploration of three-dimensional line, structure and pattern. Iím interested in contested areas of textile practice, embroidery, pattern, lace and recently floral imagery. Sites, which offer unbroken traditions, cross cultural interventions and a freedom to work outside the mainstream. I believe that the most innovative contemporary textiles emanate from an assured understanding of both textile technique and history.
Recent work inspired by traditions of floral imagery have utilised computerised machine embroidery, acrylic paint, wood, glass and collage. Exploring the illusionary space between two and three dimensions, these works are colourful, dramatic, rhythmic and holographic in feel with intense detail that merges at a distance into strongly optical configuration. 
Many of the above qualities are discernable in my contribution to the Bees Exhibition. I wanted to make a work that enforced the symbiotic vital connection between Bees and Flowers, the illusionary and the real.  Museums are full of wildlife that has ceased to exist, small dusty tableaus in glass cases that purport to illustrate how something was many years ago. We need to be mindful of theportance of Bees now and avoid this potential future, approximation.

1952, Bury, Lancashire

 M.A. Textiles, Birmingham Polytechnic
1972-1975 B.A. (Hons) Textiles, Manchester Polytechnic
1969-1972 Bolton College of Art

Selected Awards
Crafts Council Travel Grant Japanese Gallery Research
Crafts Council Travel Grant for SOFA, Chicago USA                               
2003 Embroiderers Guild Exhibition Development Grant
University of Ulster Travel Research Award, Kanazawa
2002 Harley Gallery, Welbeck Foundation, Nottís, 6 months Artist in Residence

Selected Exhibitions
Collect, with Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool: Saatchi Gallery, London
Vase Attacks, Gallerie Ra, Amsterdam (solo)
Frame, Gallerie Ra, Amsterdam
2009 Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Through an Eye Brightly, Circus/CAA, London (solo)
Select at Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
Vase Attacks, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco (solo)
Beyond Pattern, Oriel Davies Gallery.
The Naughton Gallery at Queens, Belfast Festival (solo)
Stroud International Textiles Festival.
Love Handleís, CAA, London.
2008 Transition and Influence, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
West Meets West, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Art of the Stitch, Embroiderersí Guild,The Waterhall, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Inside Out, Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn
Contemporary Craft to Go, Hove Museum & Art Gallery
Collect, The Gallery Ruthin, V & A Museum, London
Cloth and Culture Now, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Reclaiming Beauty, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Opening Exhibition, Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn
2007 Finding Lost Values, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea.
The Flower, Galerie Handwerk, Munich.
A Field of Centres, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield (solo)
A Field of Centres, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (solo)
Collect, The Grace Barrand Design Centre, V & A  Museum ,London.
2006 Radiant, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL)
Art of the Stitch, Embroiderers Guild
Depth of Field, MAC Birmingham
Gilt Trip, Grace Barrand Design Centre (solo)
2005 Transformations: the Language of Craft, National    Gallery of Australia (AUS)

Selected Commissions
2008 Bristol Colston Hall
2007 New Onocology Wing, Leeds.
2004 East Winter Garden, Canary Wharf Group PLC
Royal Aberdeen, Childrens Hospital, 2 site specific Kinetic Works.

Selected Publications
2005 Reveal, Nottingham Castle Museum
2005 Transformations, National Gallery of Australia
2004 World textiles, Mary Schoeser pub Thames & Hudson
2004 Art Embroidery, catalogue Pfaff, Knitting and Stitching show, London
2004 Rock, Raphia, Linen, Lead catalogue, essay for Sue Lawty, Bankfield Museum
2004 Field of Centers, Monograph
2003 Sample, Embroiderers Guild

Selected Public Collections
ABN Amro Bank, Holland
Bedfordshire County Council
Contemporary Art Society
Crafts Council
Robin Gibson Architects Brisbane, Australia
Hove Museum and Art Gallery
Kyoto City University of Arts (J)
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (J)




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