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Michael Porter

Born: 1948. Nationality: British.

Michael Porter was born in Derbyshire; his early studies were undertaken at Nottingham College of Art (1963 - 66) and Chelsea College of Art  (1967 - 72).  In 1972-73 he was a Fellow in Fine Art at Gloucester College of Art.  He is currently (2009) Research Fellow at Falmouth College of Art and visiting tutor at Wimbledon School of Art.

In his work he has exclusively drawn from the landscape, frequently revisiting particular locations over long periods of time in his native county and in Cornwall where he has lived since 1997.  His paintings are not concerned with topography, there are no horizons, the sky is present only in reflected light; his focus is on the texture of elements within the natural world, seen in lingering close-up and created through the painstaking application of layer upon layer of paint.

Porter has exhibited extensively in the UK, as well as at many venues throughout Europe and the USA.  His work is in numerous public collections, including the Arts Council, the British Council, the Government Art Collection, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and the collections of Deutsche Bank and Unilever.

Fungus On The Ground
Fairy Club Amongst Heather
Camouflaged in the Grass
Puffball in Movement
Amongst Oak Leaves
Puffballs in Dry Grass