About The Artist


Two questions I'm often asked regarding my name are, whether I'm Italian or if I've changed my name by deed poll? The latter always makes me laugh and of course the answer to both is 'no'. I was indeed born Michael Angelo LaValette, to Scottish parents in the city of Glasgow, Scotland.

It may therefore have come as a bit of a surprise to my parents when from an early age I showed promise as a budding artist! My earliest memory of this was at the age of 5 when my schoolteacher showed my parents a drawing I'd done of an umbrella. She was intrigued by the fact that I was the only pupil that chose to draw an inside view showing the spokes in great detail.

Whilst growing up with the namesake of the great master Michelangelo, school friends often asked me if I'd be an artist when I grew up! At such an early age I wasn't to realise that my emerging talent would eventually land me a place in art college when I was accepted into the world renowned Glasgow School of Art. Instead of specialising in Fine Art however, I chose Jewellery and Silversmithing as my specialist subject, graduating with a BA(Hons) Degree in Design.

From a young age I was fascinated by illusion and magic which led to my admiration of the work of the Surrealist painters such as Dali, Magritte, Delveaux and also that of M C Escher, creators of dreamlike, illusionary compositions. This kind of imagery lends itself well to my vivid imagination and slight eccentricity!

In my final year at art school, my work took the form of decorative objects rather than pieces of jewellery and much of my inspiration was derived from architectural features from around the world as well as a combination of perspective, secrecy and surprise. The main body of work for my degree show was a series of 3-Dimensional landscape paintings contained within protective, triptych style boxes which could be opened and closed to reveal or conceal, when desired, the secret held within.

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art I was keen to do some travelling before finding work, however I unexpectedly found both at the same time when I landed myself a summer contract as Airline Cabin Crew. My contract was made permanent and I spent 16 fabulous years travelling the world. My airline career has been hugely rewarding and much of what I've seen and experienced has greatly inspired me. 

Over the years, as well as creating original artwork I've taken on various commissions, which can be viewed in my Gallery pages.