Mike Hooves is a prairie queer working in illustration, animation, murals, and film in Treaty 7 – Calgary. They received their bachelor of design with a focus on illustration from AUArts in 2016. Mike uses simple shapes, saturated colour, and gestural linework to create playful and engaging imagery that utilises queer aesthetics and signifiers.
Mike Hooves mural for 2022 BUMP was made through CBC’s Battle of the Burbs Contest, where Calgarians voted for the best suburb in the city with the winning prize being a BUMP mural. Mike Hooves was selected as the muralist to give this community a mural that celebrates their history, neighbourhood and stories.
“I emphasized the natural aspects of silver springs – the foliage, flowers from the
many gardens, as well as some of the animals who live in the neighbourhood (I’ve heard many
folks mention bobcat sightings, and I’ve seen many magpies).”