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Mike Weston

Born in 1963 and raised in Dunedin NZ  with parents in entertainment and  news media, his  formative  years were spent riding a skateboard and immersed in the emerging  “Dunedin sound” alternative music movement . Having established  a mode of creative practice  in the DIY aesthetic of the  skateboarding and punk  revolutions, he  has evolved independently  as artist, multi media  producer, musician, composer, designer , art director  and artist manager over a  35+  year career.

Relocating to Auckland in the mid 80’s he joined Last Laugh Productions as a  recording engineer, midi programmer  and synthesist , live mixer and producer, creatively and technically  engaged  innovating alternative electronic sound and visual art . A product of the warehouse  habitat and party scene of late 80’s Auckland,  his  studio and art production practice evolved  through a series  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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