Born in Lancashire in 1950, Michael currently lives near Brecon in Wales. Attending the Chelsea School of Art from 1979-’82, Michael exhibited widely as an Automata Maker during the 1980’s; his work in public collections such as The V&A and Edinburgh Museum of Childhood. In the 1990’s his attention returned to painting, and he began teaching art, retiring in 2012 as Head of Art Rugby School.
Michael’s work is influenced by the natural abstract qualities in nature. His paintings reveal themselves slowly, continually and occupy the hazy territory between representation and abstraction. While his paintings hold direct references to particular places that surround his home near Brecon, he does not look for maximum resemblance. Instead using expressive mark making and swift application of paint to allow impression and expression to coalesce.