Mike Fantuz works as an air traffic controller while committing to a painting career. His current series demonstrates a deep love for the landscape from an aerial perspective. Through his paintings he delivers the sense of limitless freedom and possibility flight offers.

A fascination with aerial mapping is the tangible visual force driving his work in which he turns the flatness of the canvas into an arena of deep spatial perspective. Applied with a palette knife in thick swabs of juicy paint, the harmonious tones of Fantuz’s reserved palette lends his scenes a pervasive sense of calm. From this vantage, Mike ruminates on Vancouver’s environment from a bird’s eye view. Away from the particulars of human activity, floating in the expanse, his work offers a renewed perspective of clarity.

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What’s Between, San Francisco

2020
Oil on canvas
18″ x 24″
$1,200.00

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Up Fulton

2020
Oil on Canvas
40″ x 40″
$4,000.00

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NYC Financial District

2020
Oil on Canvas
30″ x 48″
$3,900.00

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Broadway and Fulton

2020
Oil on Canvas
30″ x 48″
$3,900.00

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As You Are, San Francisco

2020
Oil on canvas
16″ x 20″
$900.00

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The Bridge Between

2020
Oil on canvas
36″ x 48″
$4,200.00

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Solo
2014 Imagined Homelands, Christina Parker Gallery, St. John’s NL
2012 Between Tides, Christina Parker Gallery St. John’s NL
2010 The Resettlement of Grand Bruit, Christina Parker Gallery, St. John’s, NL
2005 The Loop, Gander Arts and Culture

Group
2020 Summer Group Exhibition, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2017 Revisiting the Rural, Christina Parker Gallery, St. John’s, NL
2010 Arts and Letters, The Rooms, St. John’s, NL
2009 Arts and Letters, The Rooms, St. John’s, NL
2009 Craft Council Annual Fair, St Johns Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s, NL
2008 Craft Council Annual Fair, St Johns Convention Centre, St. John’s, NL
2006 Two Perspectives, Joint Exhibit, Gander Arts and Culture, Gander, NL

SELECTED AWARDS
2010 Commission for album cover Newman Sound Men’s Choir
2009 Commission for design and presentation of logo art for the Gander Triathlon
2009 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award, senior division visual art “Delta to the Narrows”
2008 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award, senior division visual art “South Shore Fire, 1901”
2006 Adjudicators Choice, “All around the Circle”, Gander Arts and Culture
2005 Peoples Choice, “All around the Circle”, Gander Arts and Culture

SELECTED MEDIA
2019, Border Crossing Magazine, “The Oil Paintings of Michael Fantuz”
2014, Radio Canada International, Interview with Marc Montgomery
2013, Arabella Magazine, “Artist to Collect”, Kylie Serebrin
2012 Riddlefence issue 19 art contributor
2010 The Telegram, Visual Arts Top Ten, Joan Sullivan
2010 The Telegram November 2010, review for solo “Settled”, Joan Sullivan
2010 The Newfoundland Herald, “A Portrait of Resettlement”, Sarah Shepperd
2009 Interview with Gander Beacon, Arts and Letter Award
2005 Interview with CBC radio Michael Aucoin for “The Loop”
2005 Skywave’s Gander, television interview with Gina Brown for solo show “The Loop”

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Fortis BC
Fortis Newfoundland and Labrador
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Delta Hotel
Newman Sound Mens Choir
Central Health Foundation
Gander Hospital
Town Square Family Dental, Gander
Gander Massage Therapy