Self portrait - 2008


Michael grew up in Runcorn, Cheshire. He studied for a BTEC at Halton College, Widnes, a degree in Fine Art at John Moores, Liverpool and then for 3 years at the Royal Academy Schools, London.

Michael has exhibited work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, and has had a solo exhibition at the Chappell Galleries. He won the Elizabeth Greenshields Award in 2003 and was Artist in Residence at the London Business School.

Michael now lives and works in Surrey, where he continues to paint and teach Life Drawing, Watercolour and Painting at Sutton College. He also teaches Portrait, Life and Oil & Acylic classes at the New Malden Centre.

Education and Qualifications

1992-1994: BTEC National Diploma in General Art and Design
1994-1997: BA Honours in Fine Art - First Class , John Moores University, Liverpool
1997-2000: Postgraduate Diploma in Painting, Royal Academy Schools, London
2002-2003: PGCE-FE University of Wales, Newport Exhibitions


1995: Open Exhibition, Machynlleth, Wales
1999: Joint Exhibition, Cromwell Hospital, London
1999: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2000: Exhibition, Long & Ryle Gallery, London
2000: Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
2000: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2002: Group Exhibition, Keith Talent, London
2002: Five Days in May, Ted Lichfield, London
2002: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2002: Glossies Figurative Painting, Keith Talent, London
2002: New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
2003: Bad Touch Drawing Exhibition, Keith Talent, London
2003: Christmas Exhibition, Russell Gallery, London
2004: Solo Exhibition, Chappel Galleries, Essex
2005: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2007: William Blake Birthday Book Exhibition, London
2008: Ropewalk Open Print Exhibition, North Lincolnshire
2008: An English Vision, Piers Feetham Gallery, London
2008: to present, exhibiting at Bankside gallery as member of Royal Watercolour Society, London
2012: Seven Painters at Blackfriars, Exhibition, Oxford
2013: Royal British Artists Exhibition, London
2017: New English Art Club Exhibition, Mall Galleries

Awards, Sponsorships and Commissions

1996: David Murray Studentship for study of landscape.
1998: Royal Bank of Scotland Drawing Prize - RA
1998: Elizabeth Scott Watercolour Prize - Joint Winner
1998: David Murray Studentship for study of landscape
1998: Sir Brinsley Ford Travel Scholarship
1998: Rover Commission Exhibition
1999: Cromwell Hospital Joint Prize - RA
1999: Chevron Watercolour, Nature as Art Calendar 2000 Award
2003: Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award
2007: Private commissions
2008: Elected as an Associate or the Royal Watercolour Society, London
2013: Alfred Daniels Award for Narrative Painting, RBA Exhibition London
2013: Elected full member of Royal Watercolour Society
2017: Jacksons Art Prize

Residences & Teaching Experience

2000: Visiting Lecturer Private Tutorials/Seminars, Moray College, Elgin,Scotland
2001: Voluntary Tutoring in Adult Education, Prince's Trust, London
2001: Artist in Residence, London Business School
2004: Part-time Teaching, Hastings College of Arts & Technology
2005: to date Private tuition and talks to local Arts Societies
2008: Part-time Teaching courses in Life drawing Watercolour/mixed media, Sutton college.
2015: Royal Academy Watercolour Course

Media and Interviews

2017: Jacksons Art Blog, Artists Interviews. Link to blog here.