Michael Mcmanus


I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just retired again and am relaxing into art. I've been married 51 years to Annette. Life's too routine and boring these days. That's probably why I love life as surreal and absurd. It all helps to deal with the dark bits of life. I like drawing and painting to make political statements and surreal connections. Art should reflect the inner emotions of the artist’s experiences and views. I like to paint what I imagine too. If I was asked to name just one artist I aspire to I would say the contemporary artists Andre Kohn and Matthew Liepke and John Larriva. My underlying message is nearly always ‘absurdity’ as a type of humour. I love it. It’s part of the type of humour which would be classified as ‘surreal’. It was never something I could express in my work-life but now can use it copiously. Surreal humour is a form of humour predicated on deliberate violations of causal reasoning, producing events and behaviours that are obviously illogical. Constructions of surreal humour tend to involve bizarre juxtapositions, incongruity, non-sequiturs, irrational or absurd situations and expressions of nonsense. Wikipedia.