Crafty bastard decides to fly solo

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  • February 18, 2010
  • StopPress Team
Crafty bastard decides to fly solo

After six years as head of art at DDB New Zealand, Mike Davison has announced he will be leaving to spend more time working on his career as an artist.

DDB Group executive creative director Toby Talbot says his contribution to the craft department has been immeasurable. He also called him a bastard.

“Mike D is a talented bastard. He has a midas touch when it comes to turning a humble scamp into a work of art and he’s been a driving force in the craft department over the years. We’ll miss him terribly but wish him well.”

Davison's work has been awarded extensively, including the Axis Awards, Effies, Cannes, The One Show, The Work, Award and NAB. He has exhibited in New York, Wellington and has had a number of shows in Auckland.

He will be available for freelance art direction or craft work and can be reached at

Here's some of recent work he's presided over ('Jackson Pollock' for Sky's Arts Channel won the December round of the NAB newspaper ad of the month and the Alien vs Predator campaign, also for Sky, took out a four Caxton awards last year):

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