Beachroad Magazine spend time at the studio of Jumeirah based metal artist Mickey Craig and check out his amazing aquatic themed artworks and sculptures.
Mickey arrived in Dubai 17-years ago to visit his sister who was living in the Emirate. He was really impressed with Dubai and it's multicultural ambience and decided to stay! Mickey was hired by a local shipyard and worked there for 15-years. Now retired he pursues his love of metal-working.
Combining different metals with other medium to create unique, one of a kind sculptures from his workshop in Jumeirah 2. Inspired by his love of the sea and all its life forms – most of his pieces are aquatic themed, but he also creates abstract forms and enjoys working with clients one on one. Mickeys work is sold in several art galleries in Dubai. "All my work is handmade, no moulds, so each piece is different and unique. My goal is to create art that, in a small way, emulates the beauty of nature".
NAME? // William Mickey Craig.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Construction Worker.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Metal Artist.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Nature.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Loss of quality of life.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Baby chicks on wood burning stove being kept warm in a cardboard box.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My Dad – High Values.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A fish sculpture.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Do something special everyday with someone you love.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Impatience.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Tardiness.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Nick Nolte.
FAVOURITE MUSIC? // 60s/70s Rock.
LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Christmas Carols.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // Hemingway Classics.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // Bill Clinton’s autobiography.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Positive People.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Falling off a high rise building installing structural steel.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Venice, Italy.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Airports.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Gardening.
WHY DUBAI? // Work and Family.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // No.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Rural.
CATS OR DOGS? // Both.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Coca Cola.
WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Children.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Homeless People.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Be Happy.