Michael Morien - Art

My B.Comm in Marketing, provided me with the theory and foundation for a career in marketing, but I found the program was somewhat lacking on the creative, "hands-on" side of things. After convocating in 2011, I enrolled in the Certificate in Art and Design program through the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education at the UofS.

The courses I have completed thus far, have exposed me to a wide variety of media, and have enhanced my perspective and artistic abilities. Currently half way through the program, I now hope to pursue art projects throughout my lifetime to keep my creative juices flowing!

While my main passion remains photography, I have made attempts at traditional and digital works. Take a peak at some of these pieces below. 

Traditional

Printmaking

The following were completed in the fall of 2012 during a traditional print making course I took at the University of Saskatchewan. The inspiration for these pieces, came (mostly) from Ukrainian heritage. These photos were taken at a showing at the Mix Gallery on December 17, 2012.

Knyaza Romana Vulitsya (Prince Roman Street) Etching on rice paper Inspired from a beautiful apartment I spent a weekend in while travelling in Ukraine in 2010. A big thanks to Sarah Crawford for helping me finish this one. XO

Knyaza Romana Vulitsya (Prince Roman Street)

Etching on rice paper

Inspired from a beautiful apartment I spent a weekend in while travelling in Ukraine in 2010. A big thanks to Sarah Crawford for helping me finish this one. XO

House Around the World Lino cut with printing inks on rice paper 6 x 9” Travelling opened my eyes to how large and complex the world is. I was away for long enough that I acclimatized to the city in which I was living in, but not enough so that I was able to call the house I was staying in “home” 

House Around the World

Lino cut with printing inks on rice paper 6 x 9”

Travelling opened my eyes to how large and complex the world is. I was away for long enough that I acclimatized to the city in which I was living in, but not enough so that I was able to call the house I was staying in “home” 

Many Meanings Icon with acrylics and gold foil on wood 10 x 8” The Tryzub has been one of the most prominent symbols in Ukraine for hundreds of years, yet there is no agreed upon meaning. People give it many meanings: freedom, culture, religion, unity and more. 

Many Meanings

Icon with acrylics and gold foil on wood 10 x 8”

The Tryzub has been one of the most prominent symbols in Ukraine for hundreds of years, yet there is no agreed upon meaning. People give it many meanings: freedom, culture, religion, unity and more. 

Immigrants Lino cut with printing inks on rice paper 6 x 9” Leaving family behind, two immigrants move to a strange new world where they must quickly learn to adapt. They cannot speak the language, and do not have much many. This picture aims to capture their struggle and their journey. 

Immigrants

Lino cut with printing inks on rice paper
6 x 9”

Leaving family behind, two immigrants move to a strange new world where they must quickly learn to adapt. They cannot speak the language, and do not have much many. This picture aims to capture their struggle and their journey. 

Explorations Monotype with acrylics on rice paper 12 x 9” The only non themed piece of my collection, my goal for this piece was simple. To come up with something simple, and colourful that I can put up on the wall.  SOLD

Explorations

Monotype with acrylics on rice paper 12 x 9”

The only non themed piece of my collection, my goal for this piece was simple. To come up with something simple, and colourful that I can put up on the wall. 

SOLD

Gido’sWell  Batique with watercolour and beeswax on kinwashi 8x 12” While in Ukraine in the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to get to the village of Malnivska Volya (L’Vivs’Ka Oblast) where my Gido was born. I was drawn almost immediately to the well. I found it fascinating to see where my grandfather would have drank from as a child. 

Gido’sWell 
Batique with watercolour and beeswax on kinwashi 8x 12”

While in Ukraine in the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to get to the village of Malnivska Volya (L’Vivs’Ka Oblast) where my Gido was born. I was drawn almost immediately to the well. I found it fascinating to see where my grandfather would have drank from as a child. 

Digital

I always find it an honour when I am asked to create an event poster for an event. Band posters more specifically allow for a tonne of creativity.