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Mike Kaplan has been in the advertising and design industry for over 30 years and began his design career in 1976 when he left South Africa to study Industrial Design at the Ealing College of Higher Education in London. During this time he developed an interest in Graphic Design and Photography and studied both courses simultaneously. He left after two and a half years, having been offered a position as an assistant Art Director with J. Walter Thompson (JWT) back in Cape Town. He remained with them for over five years, working in all aspects of the print media, conceptualising and directing television commercials, creating packaging design and below-the-line material. Mike resigned in 1983 after being offered a position at Berry Bush de Villiers di Bella & Bellamy (BBDDB) as an Art Director and was made a Director of the company in 1985. During 1989 BBDDB established a specialised company - Kite Consultancy - to handle all aspects of below-the-line design. He ran the company for four years as Managing Director and Design Head. In April 1994 he resigned from BBDDB and continued doing design work on a freelance basis. In May 1995, Mike moved to Knysna where he established himself as a successful  designer, specialising in Corporate Identities, Packaging Design and Logo Development. During 1994, Mike discovered artistic woodturning and soon became one of South Africa’s leading turners, regularly demonstrating and giving talks on design at national Woodturning Seminars, as well as being invited to demonstrate at the Utah Woodturning Symposium in 2004. Along with 3 friends, he ran a successful Woodturning Gallery at the Knysna Waterfront and Woodmill Lane. Mike developed an interest in photography during the 70's and has pursued that passion over the years, particularly landscape photography, as a hobby.  Since mid 2012, he developed an interest in capturing the flow of water in time - this led to his current exploration of Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and long exposure seascapes and trying to impart a sense of mood and movement to his images.

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seascape art by mike kaplan

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all images copyright © mike kaplan 2016
Mike Kaplan has been in the advertising and design industry for over 30 years and began his design career in 1976 when he left South Africa to study Industrial Design at the Ealing College of Higher Education in London. During this time he developed an interest in Graphic Design and Photography and studied both courses simultaneously. He left after two and a half years, having been offered a position as an assistant Art Director with J. Walter Thompson (JWT) back in Cape Town. He remained with them for over five years, working in all aspects of the print media, conceptualising and directing television commercials, creating packaging design and below-the-line material. Mike resigned in 1983 after being offered a position at Berry Bush de Villiers di Bella & Bellamy (BBDDB) as an Art Director and was made a Director of the company in 1985. During 1989 BBDDB established a specialised company - Kite Consultancy - to handle all aspects of below-the-line design. He ran the company for four years as Managing Director and Design Head. In April 1994 he resigned from BBDDB and continued doing design work on a freelance basis. In May 1995, Mike moved to Knysna where he established himself as a successful  designer, specialising in Corporate Identities, Packaging Design and Logo Development. During 1994, Mike discovered artistic woodturning and soon became one of South Africa’s leading turners, regularly demonstrating and giving talks on design at national Woodturning Seminars, as well as being invited to demonstrate at the Utah Woodturning Symposium in 2004. Along with 3 friends, he ran a successful Woodturning Gallery at the Knysna Waterfront and Woodmill Lane. Mike developed an interest in photography during the 70's and has pursued that passion over the years, particularly landscape photography, as a hobby.  Since mid 2012, he developed an interest in capturing the flow of water in time - this led to his current exploration of Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and long exposure seascapes and trying to impart a sense of mood and movement to his images.

seascape art by mike kaplan

my landscapes

about mike kaplan