Mike Gough was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, in 1985. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 2007 and in 2010 graduated from Centrail Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London with a Masters of Fine Arts.
Gough’s interest in the elusive quality of memory has always been an invariable interest in his art practice. Rooted in memories of his upbringing in Newfoundland, Gough’s paintings are autobiographical but carry universal narratives. The personal aspect stems partially stem from a fear of memory loss as a result of experiences with Alzheimer’s in his family. In the absence of detail there is an opportunity for one’s own memories to develop. An expansive solitude and sense of isolation is met with a universal feeling of what it means to belong.
He was the winner of the Excellence in Visual Arts (EVA) People’s Choice Award in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Emercing Artist of the Year in 2013. He has been the recipient of numerous Arts and Letters Awards and was selected for both the Elbow Room Residency Program (2013) at the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and the Artist in Residence (2016) at 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects in Duntara, Newfoundland.
Gough has exhibited both nationally and internationally in over 40 exhibitions and his work appears in private, corporate, and public collections in England and Canada, including The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Humber College, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, The City of St. John’s, and Global Affairs Canada. Prominent collectors include the United Arab Emirates Royal Family.
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