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Born 1960 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Michael moved to South Africa in 1980 to study Fine Art Graphics at Rhodes University, before settling in Cape Town where he has lived since 1984.

Michael is an established designer and illustrator in the Graphic Design industry where he has worked for the past twenty years. He has always realised that this career, although exciting and challenging, does not allow an artist the freedom to exclusively express his own ideas and concepts. Painting on the other hand allows for individual expression.

Michael’s exposure to the bush, nature and his love for the animals and people of Africa are his main inspiration. Michael has been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout Africa and incorporates those experiences in his work.

The focus of his latest work is African wildlife. Utilising his many years of accumulated knowledge and love of nature he attempts to draw out the character and spirit of the animals.

Michael believes that the San rock artists were the greatest of all wildlife painters, because of their absolute understanding of the animals they shared their lives with, being able to describe their characteristics with a few incredible brushstrokes on the rock surface. These paintings found throughout southern Africa have a great spiritual influence on Michael’s work, his animals are alive with expression and look out from the canvas with a character all of their own. He believes that one important aspect of painting a portrait is expressing the personality of your subject with effective brush work and not over painting with detail.

His love of paint, his mix of colour and his quick confident brushstrokes continue to evolve. Michael is not content with one style and likes to experiment with different painting techniques to find other ways to express his visions.

Preferred Media
Acrylics, oils and watercolour.

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Title: Morning Phantom
Size: 29 x 36 cm
Media: Acrylic
Price: R 2 450 unframed
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