If leafy villages and sun dappled roads give you pleasure, then Michael Richardson is the artist for you. A past master of this genre, Michael delights in portraying the idyllic, rural scenery of Worcestershire and puts his many years of experience to good effect in these engrossing images. He also likes to paint village scenes abroad and the Londonart collection so far has works depicting Amsterdam, Bergerac and Larnaca. He works in a representational style in acrylic and oil pastel often with a rich,warm colour palette and intensely worked surfaces. His close observation of the play of light and shadows cast by overhanging trees invited the viewer to step into each scene.
Michael was born in Birmingham and has been Head of Art in four Birmingham Secondary schools and took early retirement in 1988 to devote his time to painting and writing. Michaelís paintings have been exhibited in several galleries nationwide including the Mall Gallery in London; the Nevill Gallery, Canterbury; the Helios, Birmingham; the Driffold, Sutton Coldfield and the Park View, Kings Heath. His work has also been featured in the Artist magazine. In 1995 he won the Artist magazine cover competition. His work is popular and sells well.
He is also a published poet and has had two novels published. Both deal with the misadventures of a young art student in the 1940s. The first of these, The Pig Bin, won the Society of Authors' Best Debut Novel of the Year by a senior writer.