Mike Salisbury combines politics and pop‐art with sculpture and street art installations that engage his audience in the social issues of our time. His fine art practice includes land art, public sculpture, street art, two-dimensional works and video art.
Using abandoned payphones as a metaphor for connection and disconnection, his phone box street sculptures invite interaction with the public and other street artists, something Salisbury refers to as anonymous collaboration. His first international installation is on exhibit at Sculpture Walk Springfield and juxtaposes a living tree within a full‐size metal and glass street corner payphone. The plant material and associated earthworks are integrated into the context of each location to create a unique site‐specific installation.
Prior to earning his BLA at the University of Guelph and practicing as a Landscape Architect, Mike studied at the Toronto School of Art in the late 80’s and founded the Toronto Student Art Gallery located in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto. Mike began exhibiting again in 2018 and following the pandemic transitioned to full time visual artist.
Mike Salisbury has been invited to exhibit at group shows, solo exhibitions as well as several juried art exhibitions. His sculptures and two‐dimensional artworks are held in private collections. Mike gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support.