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Mike Weston

Born in 1963 and raised in Dunedin NZ  to parents both employed in  entertainment and  news media   production, his  formative teen years were spent riding a skateboard and  immersed in the emerging arty bohemian “Dunedin sound”  music  scene of the period. Having established  a creative direction   in the DIY aesthetic of the  skateboarding and punk  revolutions, he  has worked  independently  as artist, multi media  producer, musician, composer, designer and art director for 30+ years.

He relocated to Auckland in the mid 80’s, finding employment as a recording engineer, programmer and producer,  while creatively and technically  engaged  innovating in  the alternative electronic music and visual arts . A product of the warehouse  habitat and party scene,  his  studio and production operations evolved  through a sequence of locations and reinventions, working in a wide variety of media and projects,  into the current  West Auckland  based operational identity The Area, now in 20th year of operation.

 Output fromThe Area includes  paintings, fine art prints,  electronic music, video, design,  photography, merchandise, and art/music events. A selection  of his  art print works number  amongst NZ all time biggest sellers. His  fine art output is represented by Artis gallery

Perhaps best known as half of collaborative art brand Weston Frizzell, with Otis Frizzell, his work is characterised by collaboration, collage,  frequent engagment  in socio politcial issues and current  affairs, and with a  deft integration of   creative business modelling  and social activist  strategies.

 

 

 

 

photo : Cally Whitham

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