Mark Michael was born in 1982 and in 2004 he graduated with honors in Sculpture at Winchester School of Art. He paints from his studio near Warsash, Hampshire, UK.
Mark’s early paintings were heavily influenced by his background as a sculptor, displaying elements of structure, a strong visual style with a concise use of colour and simple iconography. His work has turned towards creating a visual balance by juxtaposing humour and challenging subject matter, leading some to label him as a satire artist.
In 2011 he produced a large collection of writing. From the creation of this book he was able to finally begin bridging the gap between his love of the written word and his passion for painting.
In 2013 he took the process further with the exploration of applying hand painted text, creating a series of fictional stories across large canvases, ‘We Run Like Stray Dogs in the Rain’ collection for 10 Days Winchester Biennial 2013.
In 2013-14 Mark began to work on a series of 12 portraits, which were shown within a group exhibition in association with ‘The Royal Society of Portrait Painters’.
Mark has exhibited in group and solo shows in London and across the south coast of England: “7 Artists” at The Strand Gallery and a solo exhibition “I Want You Baby” at Aura Mayfair.
In 2015 he exhibited at the Chianciano Biennale in Tuscany and he won the First Prize at the Open Art Exhibition at the Sherfield Gallery and he was selected as a finalist in 2015 and 2016 to exhibit his work at the Lacey Contemporary Gallery in London. He currently has work on display at The Gagliardi Gallery, Chelsea, London.
"As an artist I am fascinated with the effects of how the simple passing of time changes our relationship towards others and ourselves. I am especially interested in how time influences the personas and facades that we establish around ourselves. I love trying to explore and convey aspects of this with my painting and writing.
As my work has progressed I have begun incorporating my love of the written word within my artwork. I continue to experiment and hone my use of hand painted text directly onto the canvas. this has enabled me to explore further the way in which people approach and interact with my work.
I am developing further within my art a strong figurative element, displaying people in situations of both internal and external conflict. More recently I have begun to juxtapose hand painted text with totems and cyphers in the form of objects and animals in order to provide clues for the viewer to interpret as they wish."
2001-2004 Winchester School of Art- BA Hons First Class - Fine Art Sculpture
2016 Say What You See -The Sherfield Gallery - Sherfield- on- Loddon, Hampshire
(22nd April to 10th June)
2015 You Think You Know Me - Winchester - Jewry Street Gallery, Winchester
(22nd July to 3rd September)
2014 Work exhibited on public display at The Warsash Maritime Academy - Hampshire (October 2014 to October 2015)
2014 Work exhibited on public display at St Johns Hospital Winchester
(September 2014 to March 2015)
2014 Machiavellian Boy Scouts and the Haphazard Art of Misdirection – Jewry Street Gallery, Winchester (13th July to 2nd September)
2013 We Run Like Stray Dogs In The Rain - 10 Days Biennial Creative Collisions, Winchester - Jewry Street Gallery, Winchester (25th October to 3rd November)
2013 We Used To Sleep Together - Jewry Street Gallery, Winchester
(22nd July to 3rd September)
2013 The Society Of Fickle Fingers - The Link Gallery, University of Winchester
(22nd April to 3rd June)
2013 I Want You Baby - Aura, Mayfair, London (March)
2013 The Society Of Fickle Fingers - The Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey
(15th to 31st January)
2012 Darn This Predisposition - The Earl’s Wall, Winchester
2012 How Should I Feel - Jewry St Gallery, Winchester (4th May to 31st May)
2017 The Fringe Arts Bath Festival, Bath
(16th May to 10th June)
2017 London Biennale - Chelsea Old Town Hall
(29th March to 2nd April)
2016 Finalist Exhibition Summer Art Prize – Lacey Contemporary Galley, London
(3rd August to 20th August)
2015 Battersea Affordable Art fair, London
2015 Secret Art Prize Exhibition – The Curious Duke Gallery, London
(1st October to 18th October)
2015 Chianciano Biennale 2015 – Chianciano Museum of Art, Tuscany, Italy
(5th September to 13th September) Winner of the Leonardo Award for Figurative Art
2015 Finalist Exhibition Summer Art Prize – Lacey Contemporary Galley, London
(13th August to 24th August)
2015 Winner of The Sherfield Gallery Open Exhibition 2015 - Sherfield- on-Loddon, Hampshire (January / February)
2014 9 out of 10 Humans Believe. Part of Portraits 14, Family Familiar- a collection of paintings by members of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters – City Space, Winchester (22nd March to 20th April) and at Jewry Street Gallery, Winchester ( 22nd March to 11th May)
2014 Sherfield Gallery Open Exhibition 2014 - Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hampshire (January / February)
2013 7 Artists - The Strand Gallery, London (March)
2012 Our Very Best - Jewry St Gallery, Winchester
(December 1st to December December 28th)