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Purple Platypus in Pollution

Arts and Culture Frankston


Phone: 1300 322 842

This piece highlights an obvious environmental problem of human plastics ending up in our shared oceans and waterways. This results in many issues for animals, and inevitably humans too. The rubbish cleverly spells out the artist’s name.


Artist Bio:
Mike Maka is a painter who works on walls, canvas and illustrations on paper. He has travelled and created work around the world, from painting the Berlin Wall to the River Ganges. At 20, he received a scholarship to study art in New York, which led to working as a bike messenger for 10 years in 10 cities, and leaving his mark on many walls. An active member of Everfresh Studio since 2006, Mike has exhibited extensively through Australia as well as group shows in Brazil, Japan, Miami and New York.  He has works in private and public collections locally and abroad, including acquisitions by the National Gallery of Australia, in Canberra, as well as working in institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania.

His artwork captures a world in which the natural forces fight back against humanity, reclaiming the earth from the uncaring advance of civilisation. Focusing on the friction point between man, beast and machine, Mike Maka presents a message to mankind to step foot outside of the concrete jungle and reconnect with mother nature and the animal in all of us.

He is based in Melbourne, Australia but he has been known to wander.

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