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Micah Purnell

Put down your phone and talk to me

Micah makes art and designs large scale visuals, that are a kind but firm two finger salute to what we usually see in advertising. He has shown his work alongside Turner prize winner Douglas Gordan and global street artist JR at Wembley. His work life has been full of incremental, consistent courage. Micah's not been swayed by being a big name on social media or running after an agency design career. He's consistently made work in the opposite direction of what most ads rely on: the need for something to increase my intrinsic value. Micah quotes, "Ads are like friends with ulterior motives." His work celebrates people and he writes pithy one liners that cut through consumerism: Power in unity Hope is a catalyst Wisdom is divine look both ways Put down your phone and talk to me He had a dream, imagining every billboard showing a picture just of the sky. He did get commissioned to do one of those. Micah also founded Add-Art: ad spaces he curates showing artists' and designers' work instead of selling stuff. That's just some highlights of a really interesting and varied 20 year career.

Ads are like friends with ulterior motives
I had a dream, imagining every billboard showing a picture just of the sky

See more of Micah's work at ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป micahpurnell.com

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