Michael Sole’s paintings are just as much about the power and beauty of nature than about the process of painting it. To capture the full strength of his subject, Michael starts by placing himself in the environment of what he wishes to depict before completing the work in his studio.
In the artists words, “Nature is fascinating to me, especially in extreme circumstances, storms etc. In painting I feel very strongly that energy must be met with energy. By this, I mean big seas and powerful subject matter benefits from energetic, physical and confident painting which usually includes allowing the paint to have its own way, without using a brush. Dripping, pouring, throwing, lifting, shaking etc all add to these involuntary effects. Through these processes and techniques I hope to capture the power and atmosphere of the environment that I have placed myself into”.
Michael graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008 and has since exhibited in group and solo shows in England, France and America. He has won several awards for his work including the “Young Artist of the Year” in 2009 and 2010 by the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Arts Club Charitable Trust Award at the RSMA in 2013 and 2014. Michael has been exhibiting with Marine House at Beer since 2016.