Words by Ebony O’Flaherty

23 year old Michael Garforth from Werribee launched his art collection ‘Think and Feel’ for the Wyndham Art Space at the Point Cook Community Learning Centre on the 28th of October.

Garforth’s exhibition is “an opportunity to expand your mind and explore your inner-most thoughts”.

Michael said that the great inspirational minds that inspired him to succeed are represented through 6,600 hand drawn pixel portraits.

“These portraits are an opportunity to learn about the work of the great minds like that of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins”.

Not only are those people great at what they do, it’s because of their determination and dedication to their work, that Garforth is driven to succeed at what he sets his mind to.

Two of the hand drawn pixel drawings – “Cheeky” and “Night Sky” – were of a close friend and an inspiration to him. “She is someone who has gotten me through a lot and who inspires me to succeed in everything I do,” says Garforth, “and it is captured through her smile and beauty”.

The next half of the exhibition delves into the exploration of the human psyche with ten drawings that focus specifically on the emotional and physical pain people will experience at least once in their lifetime or once every day.

This young, talented artist showed us some real emotion through his work and it was easy to understand the message he was trying to convey through his drawings.

I myself have never been ‘into’ going to art galleries, but I am glad I did. Not only were the drawings stunning, they were also inspiring and you can feel emotion and some sort of connection. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed being there and seeing some of the talent that has come from the Western suburbs.

Michael is also exhibiting at the ‘Youth’ exhibition at Wyndham City’s – Wyndham Art Gallery from 19th November 2014 to 4th January 2015 at Wyndham Cultural Centre 133 Watton St, Werribee.


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