"The idea came in a flash of inspiration while I was working on a latex outfit for myself. Visually it’s such a beautiful material it really deserves to be looked at and admired"
Michelle Mildenhall is a UK artist with a distinctive style. She creates provocative art that combines stylised imagery with her passion for latex in a new and innovative way. Michelle’s work is highly recognisable, as each artwork is meticulously constructed using sheet latex, a material that she has spent years working with, perfecting her skills in order to create her compelling art.
Michelle was born in Wiltshire and studied textiles and surface pattern at Somerset College of arts and technology. This is where she first experimented with latex as a medium for her art. After finishing she moved to London where she worked for 12 years as a commercial graphic artist, it was then she had the idea of using latex to creating something unique in the art world. “The idea came in a flash of inspiration while I was working on a latex outfit for myself. Visually it’s such a beautiful material it really deserves to be looked at and admired”
Her influences include Pop Art, Bauhaus, Aubrey Beardsley, Cornelius Makkink, Andy Warhol, Mondrian and Atsuko Kudo and to name a few, but she finds inspiration from everywhere, from Torture Garden to Typography! Michelle says “My portraits come from analysing the subjects and stripping them down in a minimalist style whilst retaining their character. I also like to inject humour into some of my work”
She takes on commissions and provides a highly individual portrait service working closely with her clients to create something that both client and artist can feel passionate about.
Michelle has carved a unique niche with her art which not only appeals to art lovers but to a new audience of latex lovers as well as the more serious latex connoisseurs bringing the material firmly out of the fashion/fetish industry and into interiors/art spaces.
Michelle’s most successful creations to date are her QE1 and QE2 portraits. They depict Her Majesty sporting two subversive looks. The first sees her in full latex hood with collar and crown, the second in just the collar and crown. The prints have Michelle’s trademark minimalist style, which lends itself to the creation of iconic imagery. QE2 has made the front cover of Skin Two, an internationally distributed magazine. She has exhibited in the UK and America.