Michael Hasted

Great surealist work is typically perplexing, mysterious, familiar, dream-like, ominous and timeless, juxtoposing images from the world and the subconscious. Hasted’s works have a simple haunting beauty that is enigmatic and a delight to view.

Since 1973 Michael Hasted has achieved great acclaim for his surrealist oil paintings. His unique style, which is reminiscent of Magritte and the other great surrealists, was featured on many magazines.

“A picture should be looked at, not talked and written about.” states Hasted. “I cannot see how words can say more about a picture than the images it consists of.” A response as enigmatically attractive as is his artwork.

Hasted continued working in the record industry as a photographer and sleeve designer photographing Hawkwind, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ravi Shankar, Tiny Tim, Canned Heat, Free, Robert Palmer etc. etc. and did sleeves for The Groundhogs “Scratchin the Surface”, Mike Batt “Schizophonia” and classical guitarist John Williams “The Height Below”.

In the early 1970s, he also took up illustration and painting. He produced book jackets and magazine illustrations including for Playboy with whom he worked for 20 years.

His paintings have been exhibited in Europe, Japan and America and are in public collections in England, France, Greece and the United States.



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