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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

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Display artist/maker:

Michael Flynn

Born: 1947, Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal

Ceramicist. Born in Germany, Flynn spent some of his early childhood on a farm in Ireland. He initially studied fine art and was a painter, however he returned to study ceramics at Cardiff College of Art (1975-78) under Alan Barrett-Danes. His highly distinctive figurative ceramics draw inspiration from such diverse sources as Meissen figurines, expressionist art, and the gestural ceramics of Peter Voulkos.

Using a variety of ceramic techniques including raku, terracotta and porcelain, Flynn also occasionally works in bronze. His sculptures explore the dangerous nature of male-female relationships with suggestions of lust, violence, joy, and ecstasy. His work is inspired by stories, myth, and legend, which he incorporates into his work.

Flynn has a studio in Cardiff but also spends parts of the year in Europe, mainly Germany, where he works in artist residencies teaching and running workshops. He is author of ‘Ceramic Figures: A Directory of Artists’ (A & C Black, 2002) and was recipient of a Creative Wales award in 2008.

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Fallen Leaf C1248 Ceramics

[Two figures] C1232 Ceramics

[Two figures] C1742 Ceramics