About The Artist

After completing my BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design and Illustration at Norwich School of Art, Norfolk, I gained my Post Graduate Diploma in Painting at the Royal Academy School of Art, London.

During my third year at the Royal Academy I had the privilege of studying under Cliff Holden, a student of David Bomberg and President of the Borough Group.

Presently, I am a Commissioning Portrait Painter and Old Master Copyist, working in Windsor, Berkshire. As part of my work, I also study and copy paintings at the National Gallery, London, where I collate information to help me with private commissions of Old Master copies and portraits.

I have exhibited work in various exhibitions, including the Sunday Times Water Colour Exhibition, the Cable & Wireless Exhibition and the Royal Academy Summer Show, amongst others. I have exhibited a one man show of portraits at Beningbrough Hall in York, and a one man exhibition of landscapes at the Cromwell Hospital and the Windsor Arts Centre. I have also exhibited in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

I have won a number of awards and prizes for my art, including the Vincent Harris Prize for Mural Painting and the Arthur Hacker Prize for Portraiture in 1994/95. I have also received the Bayer Earth Art Prize for painting at the Mall Galleries, London, The Cromwell Hospital Award, London and the Band and Dooley Prize for Anatomical Drawing.


1994 – Vincent Harris Prize for Mural Painting, Royal Academy School of Art
1995 – Arthur Hacker Prize for Portraiture, Royal Academy School of Art
1995 – The Cromwell Hospital Award for Landscape Painting
1995 – De Segonzac Travel Scholarship, Cyprus
1996 – The Bayer Earth Art Prize for Painting

Group Exhibitions

1989-final year show ,Harrogate collage of Art
1990-Erasmus exchange, Germany
1992-Norwich school of Art
1993-Royal Academy of art
1993-Gagliardi Gallery kings rd London
1994-R.A. schools premium show Sotherbys, London
1994-‘making a mark’, Mall Galleries
1994-Hunting/Observer Art prize, Royal College of Art
1994-226th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art
1994-The Sunday Times Watercolour exhibition, London
1995-Royal Academy of Art post graduate diploma show, London
1995-The Bayer Earth Art Prize, Mall Galleries London
1996-228Summer exhibition, Royal Academy of Art. London
1997-BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery London
1998-Artists for mencap, The Cromwell Hospital. London
2010-Making it /Faking it,Orleans house gallery, Riverside Twickenham
2011-Royal Insitute of British Watercolours Mall Galleries

Solo Exhibitions

1995-The Cromwell Hospital London
1996-Oztenzeki Gallery, Walton street London
1999-Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire
2001-Windsor Arts Centre
2010-Michael Chell