Micky Bolton was born in Durban, South Africa in 1956. He settled in the U.K in 1974 when his first job was as a metal picker in a scrap yard. Micky Bolton then embarked on a career in panel beating and paint spraying, eventually moving on to run his own business restoring classic and racing cars.
Inspired by metal sculptures from his native South Africa, Micky began to exploit his own welding skills from an artistic viewpoint, in 1994. His years of expertise working with metal enabled him to create a wide variety of exciting art forms using recycled car body parts and panels and agricultural machinery. Often the parts themselves provide the inspiration for the final art form. Texture, colour, size and expression all differ to make each piece individual.
March 2002 Matter of Fact documentary, ‘Made in Luton’ (BBC2)
January 2002 Invited artist, Art Café, Barbuda, West Indies
December 2001 Featured artist in Classic and Sports Car Magazine
August 2001 Silverstone Historic Festival, Fine Art Exhibition
April 2001 Buckenham Galleries,Suffolk,
The Greenwich Printmakers with Mickey Bolton Exhibition.
Sept 2000 Commissioned by The Earl of March to create sculptures for The Goodwood Revival Party.
July 2000 Coys International Historic Festival, Silverstone.
Motoring Fine Art Exhibition, invited artist.
May 2000 Chelmsford Cathedral Festival, invited artist
Dec 1999 - Jan 2000 “Toast” exhibition. Buckenham Galleries, Suffolk
April – May 1999 Spring Exhibition. Bircham Contemporary Arts. Holt. Norfolk
January 1999 Commissioned to make railings and gates for
Bury St Edmunds Town Trust redevelopment project of
Rae’s Yard, Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds
October 1998 Exhibited in Art et Jardin, Langham, Suffolk
May – Sept 1998 Garden Visitors Exhibition. Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury Suffolk.
(artists selected by Tony Venison and featured in Country Life Magazine July 9th 1998)
April 1998 Solo Exhibition. Tudor House Gallery, Aldeburgh Suffolk
January 1998 Exhibited at Art 1998. Business Design Centre Islington London
Commissions from 1998 to 2000 have included a life size horse for a client in Germany, a life size cow for an Ice Cream producer and other sculptures have gone to France, Italy, Ireland and America and Japan.