Michael Peck readily admits that his monochromatic artwork reminds people of death. Whereas most people resort to skulls and other obvious symbols, though, the Melbourne artist uses children. Each of his oil on linen pieces features a child in an act of play, whether hopping around a crashed vintage war plane or painting a target, but manages to still come off poignant and thoughtful.
“It’s nice that children have this ability to transform objects,” Michael says in an interview with The Melbourne Review. “And I think that ability is really beautiful. I’m always conscious that children are exploring and inheriting a world that is a fairly dangerous place, but children also reinvent things in their own mind and then eventually they reinvent the world. I think there’s something really beautiful in that.”