This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

May 30, 2012

Nose flute paintings by Maikel Mei

It is not necessary to introduce Maikel Mei on this blog anymore, since he has become a great and regular source for it. Let's just remember his series of drawings and his ink work, formerly published in this page.

Today, Maikel sends us a series of 4 paintings, individual paintings, but working as elements of a whole. Put together, they represent a Swan logo Maikel Mei logo (MM) nose flute.

« They are individual compositions, each with their own colour scheme. The medium is acrylic metallic paint on canvas. Each canvas measures 30 x 40 cms. The 'big picture' therefore measures 60 x 80 cms. Only 4 colours were used: green, lilac, blue and pink, all complementing each other. They can be hanged as a group: I intended them to be hanged in various arrangements. I like the idea of being totally free to hang them the way I like. I think it suits the instrument with its total freedom of pitch. »

In his drawings, we already felt Maikel's obsessivity through the huge accumulation of quick sketches of the same object (what they call "wearing an object out by drawing") [see Gérard Titus-Carmel's work "The Pocket Size Tlingit Coffin (or: Of lassitude considered as a surgical instrument)" as a topic example]. And with a rule added by Maikel Mei : one line of pencil.

Here too, there is a kind of mathematical and geometrical constrainst applied to the four paintings. The 4 elemental canvas were built in order to fit together when differently arranged : some lines still connect to others, even when the tiles are set according to another combination.


On the same topic :

- Beautiful drawings by Maikel Mei
- Nose flute paintings by Maikel Mei
- Maikel Mei's new paintings
- Bocarina painting by Maikel Mei

- Mei's History of Art - Series 1: Rock Cave Art



  1. Beautiful! And very original too! I am looking forward to seeing more works by MM in the future!

    1. Well, thank you so very much for your kind comments! I have actually planned to paint some more... Maikel Mei

    2. Very good news! And mount an exhibition!

      All the best to you,


    3. Great! More to see, that sounds good! Maybe some bocarina art as well? I still wonder, Mister Mei, if you are going to record some nose flute music as well? I would be very interested and I know at least another person who is also.
      Thanks for giving the nose flute a well-deserved place in art!
      The Nosy Diva

  2. He knows he is welcome in the columns of this blog!