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Michael trained as a fine artist gaining a first- class honours degree from West Surrey College of Art & Design in 1976, completing his education at Goldsmiths College, University of London where he trained to be an art teacher. He has taught at degree, further education and comprehensive education levels and for twenty years he taught in comprehensive schools in the east end of London where he became head of head of a creative arts faculty. He was born in Deal, Kent in 1949.
He draws from life on a weekly basis but is mostly known for his abstract paintings. These are usually created as a series of paintings on a given theme. Recent themes have include a series which had a nautical starting point having titles such as Regatta, Billow and Sailing By.
Mike was successful in securing a placement on the national AA2A scheme when he worked alongside undergraduate students in the printmaking department of Derby University. He found this to be a valuable experience and ideas generated during this time have fed through into his recent painting methods. In 2010 he was one of the selectors for the Three Counties Open at Keele University and he was also elected as a full member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. His work has been highly commended at the Hanley Museum and Art Gallery Open, The Three Counties Open and the RBSA.
He has work in private and the following public collections – Staffordshire County Council, The University of Nottingham, Keele University, The University of the Creative Arts and the permanent collection of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
Mike is one of sixteen artists who have had work selected from the RBSA collection for inclusion in the Abstraction at the RBSA exhibition, 2015.