Taupo artist Michael Yewen disappeared from his Taupō home on Thursday 3 February 2022. His Family and friends haven't seen or heard from him since and wish to share his collection of bright, colourful, whimsical and fun paintings and drawings to not only help draw attention to Michael’s disappearance but fulfil his wish to hold a solo exhibition.
Michael Yewen has had no formal art training but has always been an artist and musician. “I love painting things that are unrealistic, inspired by surrealism, but staying much closer to everyday kind of things like people and relationships to their surroundings. One of my motivating factors for pursuing a career as an artist is how much I enjoy colour and sound. I like getting 'sunshine from a tube' on a rainy day.”
Michael has sold his art internationally, exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and has had his work published. But it is his love for sharing his skills and encouraging the arts within others, where his true passion lies.
“I love the joy that people get from my art. I really enjoy teaching kids how to draw cartoons from scratch. It’s incredibly rewarding to see these brand-new artists off on a lifetime of cartooning.”
It hasn't been easy for Michael and his art. He finds dealing with negativity in all its forms, difficult. Depression has been a constant battle for him.
“My life has been far from roses. Rather extreme. I could easily write a book on that... I only paint bright happy pictures it’s how I like to use my art skills”.
Anyone that can help with information about Michael’s disappearance is asked to contact Police on 105 and quote file number 220228/8304.
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