|"SL 666E with Rudd" by Michael Billington|
I've actually "known" Michael for about four years now - we "met" on Flickr when he saw my collage work. We became contacts there and much to my surprise, Michael asked me if I'd like to be a part of his exhibit, "A Centenary of Collage", back in February of 2009. WOULD I?! I sent two collages over the pond and was absolutely thrilled to be considered! It was my first real exhibit EVER, and I owe it all to Michael. :)
|"Mascot" by Michael Billington|
I have featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in England and Ireland. My work is in private collections in England, Ireland, France, Canada and the USA."
As you can see, Michael has a very Dada aesthetic when it comes to his collage work. I've always admired collagists who can fluidly combine ephemera to create a piece that speaks to the zeitgeist, and Michael captures it brilliantly. For the longest time his Flickr avatar was a photo of Kurt Schwitters (my favorite collagist), whom I discovered thanks to Michael!
"Meeting" Michael online is just another of those examples of the miracle of social media. To see other artists' work and be able to actually correspond still astounds me. I love hearing about ideas from other collagists and Michael was one of the first to seriously discuss art with me. Thanks Michael!