Michael Fairclough HRNEAC

Honorary Retired Member


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abstracted landscape drawing of St Ives

St Ives



Artist Statement / Method of Working

Michael Fairclough's paintings of the immensity of sun, sky and sea are richly-coloured, multi-layered and roughly textured. The sea is used as a simple band of sky-reflecting surface, the land appears as a dark mysterious form, a flat shore or a looming cliff. Above these liquid and solid elements the sky, with it's shifting interplay of light and cloud, is closely observed, analysed and re-formed into a dense pictorial structure.The moments of sunset can be a fast-changing sequence of unique, subtle or dramatic variations. The longer twilight that follows can be rich in veils and flashes of colour. Michael's current paintings are contemplations on this transition from light to dark. Michael has always been a landscape artist, making tiny oil studies of the Taw-Torridge estuary while studying painting at Kingston and developing this practice in explorations of Donegal and the west coast of Ireland. Summers spent on beaches in Greece and southern Italy produced work with an underlying structural element resulting in paintings and aquatints with a strong formal character.

Biographical Details

1967-79 Taught at West Surrey College of Art and worked regularly in Cornwall, Dorset, Cumbria and France
1967 Worked at S W Hayter's Atelier 17, Paris
1962-64 First worked in Donegal and the west of Ireland while teaching at Belfast College of Art
1957-61 Kingston School of Art


Other Society Memberships

Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, Printmakers Council

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

1997 Chichester Open Painting Exhibition, first-prize winner
1987 Hunting Group Art Exhibition prize-winner
1964-66 Rome Scholar in Printmaking
1964  Arts Council for Northern Ireland, Belfast 1964
1960 Royal Academy of Arts David Murray Award for Landscape

Past Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibitions c.50 works exhibited
Offer Waterman, London; Lumley Cazalet, London; Beaux Arts, Bath; Anthony Hepworth, Bath
2000/04 Berkeley Square Gallery (Osborne Samuel), London
2000 - Courcoux & Courcoux, Stockbridge, 3 solo exhibitions
1981 - Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, 6 solo exhibitions
1976 - New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, 10 solo exhibitions including Print Retrospective 1995


The New English (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988