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Mike Stead

Michael Anthony Stead aka mikesbliss

Personal statement
My work has compositional simplicity that has a complicated sentimental narrative. With my work I invite the viewer on a journey to catharsis. The main element of auto-biography gives the audience a voyeuristic participation. I illustrate my psyche and emotions onto the canvas with most of my characters being nude to amplify the intimacy I want with my audience. My flowers are raw and naive but always passionate. My work is expressive and earnest, raw and revealing. My view of the world is coloured by my experiences and I dare the viewer to relish the pain and the ecstasy, the horror and my daily triumphs.
i have just finished my first Graphic Novel to be published by MLR Press (new york) published May 2011
As well as producing painting i also design limited edition prints
I am now part of the permanent collection of the Outside The Square gallery in kent

BA Hons. Design & Applied arts
8 GCSE’s at grade C and above
Edinburgh College of art 1997-2000
Cleveland College of Art & Design 1996-1997

Exhibitions & Events

BBC2’s Show Me The Monet
Featured artwork on season two, episode eight

Seattle Erotic Art Fair

June 16th until June 24th 2012. 155 N. 35th Street, Seattle, WA. 98104 USA.

Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church

March 27-April 1 at the Leslie-Lohman Annex, 127-B Prince Street, New York, NY 10012.


Mikesbliss AT SKK

Permanent collection of products exclusively available through SKK in the heart of Soho (London).

Art For Survivors UK

Charity Group Exhibition, Candid Gallery, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ, Tuesday 3rd May 2011 till Saturday 7th May inclusive opening times 12pm - 7pm. The private viewing and auction will be on Thursday 5th May from 6-9pm with the auctioning of work taking place at 8pm.
An Evening Of Art & Wine


Outside the Square Gallery (Permanent Representation) MARGATE


GFest - gayWise LGBT Arts Festival - Visual Arts Exhibition

8th November 2010 – 21st November 2010

Atrium Gallery Hampstead Town Hall , 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP

Dandy Boys Presents MIKESBLISS. A digital exhibition at Dandy Boys of the stunning & provocative artwork of of Mikesbliss displayed on the video screens. Exhibit launch and champagne reception on Wednesday 3rd February 2010 at 8-9pm with a Dandy Boys party running till 1am. Visage 80s BAR, 442 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Essex, IG2 6LL

Hot At The Fridge!
Mikesbliss will be showing exclusive art work at The Fridge in Brixton, London for one night only as part of Lust Events' Hot at The Fridge. Saturday 24th October 2009

LGBT Youth Scotland Charity Art Exhibition & Auction
An event set up by LGBT Youth Scotland to raise money for the charity which will be of great interest to the art community and an opportunity for up-and-coming as well as established artists to exhibit their donated work in one of the most popular theatres during the world renowned Edinburgh Festival and come to the notice of a vast range of potential buyers
The Exhibition will take place at C Venues, a 6 floor theatre on Chamber Street Edinburgh, from 7th to the 31st of August 2009

A Collection of drawings. April 23rd till April 26th 2009 CLAW 2009 will be at the Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland USA.

1b Coleherne Road, London, SW10 9BS, 3rd February 2009 to 27th February 2009

A Collection of New Work January 2009. DV8, 50 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4UB

Peter Tatchell’s Human Rights Foundation
Special Concert & Auction to raise funds for Peter Tatchell’s Human Rights Foundation Wednesday 28 January 2009 – from 7.00pm


A Collection of My Own Personal Favourite Work For One Night Only. Private members club in central London. Sunday 19th October 2008

Angles Theatre, Alexandra Road, Wisbech, Cambs, PE13 1HQ. January 6th 2008 to February 1st 2008

Adonis Lounge
One Night Only. Private members club in central London. Sunday 16th December 2007

GFest - gayWise LGBT Arts Festival - Visual Arts Exhibition
Thursday 15th November 2007 to Sunday September 30th 2007, Gallery: The Drill Hall, 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX

Looking At AIDS
Old City Hall, Zagreb, Croatia 22nd November 2007
Hotel Arcotel Allegra, Zagreb April 2007

One Man Show At The Box
32 - 34 Monmouth St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HA. 1st April 2007 to 30th April 2007

Brick Lane Art Arcade
The Back Yard, Brick Lane, London E1, Sunday 14th May 2006

1b Coleherne Road, London, SW10 9BS, 1st August 2006 to 1st September 2006

Northern Talent
93 Fleet East, 150 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL Thursday 6th April 2006

Charity Auction, March Town Hall, Market Place, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 9JF, 3rd - 15th February 2006

Paper Pen
The Art House, North Street, Westbourne, PO10 8SB, August 3rd to September 2005

One Deko
Old Spitalfields Market, 111-113 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG, Saturday 6th of August 2005 to Saturday 3rd September 2005

Thomas Halford Gallery
One Man Show at the Thomas Halford Gallery, Mile End Road, London, 2nd February 2004 to 27th February 2004

The Art of Love
Arndean Gallery, 23 Cork Street, London, 10th February 2004 to 15th February 2004

Ocean Centre
Peace Not War Festival, 270 Mare Street London, 12th February 2004 to 15th February 2004

The Arundell Trust Art Exhibition
Bishops gate, London, 1st of July to 6th of July 2004

Sex Show
the lotus gallery, 10 chapel row, Bath BA1 1HN, August 2004

Field Of Vision New York
The Lab Gallery, 501 Lexington Avenue / 47th. New York, NY 10017, 13th September to September 18th

Refresh magazine
November 2003

Asthetica Magazine
March 2004
X Magazine
September 2004
Our Scwules Auge ( German erotic coffee table book)
September 2004
positive nation MARCH 2005
3sixty August 2005
the art of love (love Chess website) January 2006
CreamDrops March 2006
rainbow network interview august 2006
Boys Magazine August 2006
iris print calender September 2006
art wanted calendar October 2006
Blue magazine November 2006
Other Experience

Artist "Do" William Maltese

As well as the above exhibitions I undertake commissions as well as work on my own personal portfolio. i have also created and i manage my own website mikesbliss along with other websites that i have designed