Mike Shine | Prospero | Mortal Machine Gallery New Orleans

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11” X 20” Housepaint on driftwood 

“The prince in Then Masque of Red Death’ by Edgar Allen Poe. He and his wealthy elite followers holed up in a fortress castle, ignoring the plague outside. Until it caught up with them.”

Mike Shine's interests range from surfing to carnivals, and his dynamic approach to art making manifests as immersive installations, which he's created throughout the Bay Area at local museums, galleries, and even at his home in Bolinas, "The Shine Shack." His artwork is inspired by carnival aesthetics and his own narrative about Dr. Flotsam, a clown character who represents the darker aspects of life, and was inspired by the legend of Faust and the fictional demon, Mephistopheles.

A portion of the profits will be donated to the ACLU