Born in Birmingham in 1935, Michael taught for many years at Leicester and Coventry Colleges of Art and in 1989 gave up teaching altogether to concentrate on painting. Working from his studio in Leamington Spa, his paintings of his home town, its villas, crescents and squares have become well known. Also, his depictions of Venice and Northern Italy are familiar from frequent solo exhibitions.
His paintings of Venice show the affection he has for the secret corners of that beautiful city - varying effects of sunlight on water, brick and plaster. Many show the narrow gleams of light he finds in the back canals, or the sudden illumination of a facade. Michael has been exhibiting in leading art galleries in Britain for over thirty years and taken part at the Royal Academy, Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of British Artists. He has accepted commissions from major companies including Allied Lyons and Texaco. He is notably a water colourist. He was a Saunders Waterford Prize-winner in 1981.
Michael's regular exhibitions with ‘Bill’ Patterson and his successors in Albemarle Street have made his work more widely known. His work is represented in the collections of the Bank of England, British Gas, Texaco, British American Tobacco and many other public and private collections.
1969 Hercules Hall, Portmeirion
1972 Morgan Gallery, Coventry
1975 Palace Theatre, Redditch
1976 University of Wales, Aberystwyth
1977 Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry
1989 I.B.M Warwick
1990 Warwick Museum
1991 Dudley City Art Gallery
1991 Midlands Contemporary Art, Birmingham
1992 Waterman Fine Art, St. James’s London
1995 Waterman Fine Art, St. James’s London
1998 Sarah Samuels, Chester
1999 W.H Patterson, London
2000 W.H Patterson, London
2002 W.H Patterson, London
2004 W.H Patterson, London
2005 Oakham Gallery London
2008 W.H Patterson, London
2010 W.H Patterson, London
2010 Ackerman Modern, London
2013 The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden
Maestro, Visa Electron, Delta, Mastercard, Switch, Solo.
The Grand Canal, October Evening.
22.5" X 16".