Michael Licenblat

Primarily working across drawing and digital art, Michael Licenblat’s artworks display his reverence for pop culture and his fascination with crime-based and ‘cops and robbers’ TV shows. His practice amplifies action-packed drama centering on larger than life law enforcement officers uncovering illegal activity. These narratives are marked by a continual pursuit of justice, where good prevails over the evil undertakings of gang-related crime, the black market arms trade and lone criminal masterminds. Drawing upon particularly American narratives, Licenblat’s also explores alien invasions and doomsday narratives, often driven by recurring characters including the hero-like police officer, the damsel in distress, the mad scientist and the petty thug. Licenblat’s pencil drawings are combinations of stand-alone pieces and series that have a storyboard sensibility, while his digital animations bring to life the dynamics of his rich imagination. Michael Licenblat is an emerging artist and has worked in the Arts Project Australia studio since 2017. He is currently working on a collaborative project with established artist Gerone Spruill from Creative Growth Art Centre in the USA.