Introducing Michael Browne ‘The Artist’

Introducing Michael Browne ‘The Artist’

Hello to all readers. My name is Michael Browne and I am an artist. I have been an artist from a very young age. Drawing, sketching, and painting, I won my first competition in school and won an art set from then I was hooked on all things creative.
As I grew so did my love and passion for every art form, I tried hairdressing but this was not for me, I have great admiration for hairstylists and colour technicians. They are truly masters of their craft, and amazing creations can be achieved. True art, living art. I hear nothing but good things from Peter Mark in the Market Cross. I have had the pleasure of working with a few of the knock out talented team in there.
I started my journey as a makeup artist almost nine years ago. What started as some fun using face paint and whatever else I could find, it turned quickly into an obsession, so off to art school I went I spent two years learning and practicing all forms of art but I tried to stay focused on the makeup side of things.
Not having any knowledge about makeup at all, I played with what I had to hand and scraped together a portfolio. Shortly after, I cheekily applied to a position in Brown Thomas, Dublin, on a makeup counter, so I grabbed my work and attended the interview. I got the job and loved every second – but to say I was thrown in the deep end would be an understatement of massive proportions. My first customer wanted liquid liner; I near fainted. The poor lady went home looking like the late Amy Winehouse.
However, I became more confident quickly and started to love chatting and helping people as much as I could and making their experience as nice as possible, in terms of training… It was on-the-job training for me, and before long I was happy the customers were happy and my creativity started to flourish; I lived for the big days like Christmas parties and Halloween where I could truly shine mixing beauty and art all together on a living breathing canvas, what could be better than that?!
I achieved ‘top sales’ running for two years during my time with Brown Thomas and enjoyed every second of it. It gave me a strict moral code and the know how to express myself with makeup. As well as giving me the confidence to chat to just about anyone all shapes all sizes, all colour, all beautiful, I was so wrapped up in the beauty world and learned so, so much. I am forever grateful to all who helped me. My journey then took a sudden leap south east and brought me to the magical city that is,Kilkenny – and may I say what a city it is! The people, the places to visit, the night life – even the city itself vibrates with culture, history and style, so many hidden gems. The sense of pride from the people is infectious and makes me feel like I’m home in my mammy’s
I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Kilkenny where my journey leads me but for now you’re stuck with me! But, honestly, I found myself here as an artist and started painting seriously leading to three solo exhibitions in cork and Dublin. I’m hoping to show you fine people some of my soul around arts week this year. Upon moving to Kilkenny, I have designed looks for fashion shows like the Market Cross masquerade fashion show a few years back, Kilkenny’s Design Centre first ever fashion show, and Kilkenny’s first fashion week. I’ve also done some live events around town, like Left Bank style event and the Ormond girls day out to name a few.
My next endeavour would lead me down the path of photographer. I got my first camera and took to it quickly after working in the industry so long and watching other photographers. I have been so lucky to have worked with so many amazingly talented people; I unknowingly picked up an eye for makeup and fashion photography.
In my years as a makeup artist and photographer I have designed and shot countless looks for fashion shows, shoots and bodypainting events. I will bring you, the people of Kilkenny, all elements of myself and my artistic soul to the Market Cross Shopping Centre by setting up live photoshoots in the Market Cross, using home-grown models, and a hands-on approach to all stores. I will be using everything from props from Heaton’s and fashion from monsoon, makeup from Penney’s and showing you how to get red carpet quality or indeed photoshoot quality results.
Come to the upcycling workshops and find out how I create jewellery and props and headpieces to assist in my photography. I look forward to seeing you all around the Market Cross. Do stop and say ‘hi’.
Michael