MICHAEL CLARK R.S.W., P.A.I.
Born in Ayr 1959, Michael studied at the Edinburgh College of Art from 1979-83. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, his love of film led to joining the BBC in Glasgow. Moving to London in 1989 Michael worked as a freelance art director. Following which he returned to painting holding his first solo exhibition in 1996 with Sally Hunter Fine Art in Knightsbridge.
Referring to the influences on his pictures Michael talks of “My enduring relationship with France has influenced my subject matter since my first visit to Paris as a student in 1980. In my studio paintings I can still escape from the Scottish winter to the warmth of France”
Talking about his working method he says “Of course, there are always numerous scribbles made in sketch books. They are made in the moment and add to the memory. Drawing is a pleasure, there is none of the fretting that sometimes comes with the easel painting. They are the visual diaries, a treat to look back on: places seen, wines and food tasted, people, places and postures are noted. The photographer and the artist ‘see’ a picture in a fraction of a second, for the painter the work has just begun”.
Michael has been awarded many awards from public exhibitions including the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Paisley Art Institute and the Sunday Times/Singer Friedlander Watercolour Prize. He is a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Paisley Art Institute.