Approved: 16.08.2006

Michael Calver

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

I work without the aid of preparatory drawings. On each particular day when I am at the studio I am painting the world as I recall it. Like a visual diary on a single atemporal page. I initially lay down washes of pale colour. This is a more sympathetic veil than the stark white of a primer. I then include figurative elements (both animal and human) that I have seen in real life or that I have imagined.

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    Biography

    I work without the aid of preparatory drawings. On each particular day when I am at the studio I am painting the world as I recall it. Like a visual diary on a single atemporal page. I initially lay down washes of pale colour. This is a more sympathetic veil than the stark white of a primer. I then include figurative elements (both animal and human) that I have seen in real life or that I have imagined. This is the beginning of an unfolding. Over time what already exists on the canvas dictates what comes next. Sometimes elements are erased and replaced. But often not: when crowded images threaten to overwhelm or when contradictions of scale might confuse, then the painting has run its course.

    CV & Education

     

    EDUCATION
    1968-71    BA (Hons) Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, Hampshire     
    1967-68    Foundation Course, East Ham Technical College, London     
    1958-59    Pre Diploma Course, St Martins School of Art, London     
     

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2016 Recent Paintings Cafe Bar Gallery, Exeter Phoenix - 2014 Uneven Territory, OSR Project Space West Coker, Somerset 2008 - All But Less Than, Manu Chhabria Gallery, Dubai UAE 2007 - Silent Moves, Brewhouse Gallery, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Taunton, Somerset 2004 - Primary Ghosts, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter 1999 - The Colour Sings, Black Swan Guild, Frome, Somerset 1997 - University of Bath 1996 - Remember the Feeling, Exeter and Devon Arts Centre, Exeter

     

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2017 STRANGELANDS (by invitation) Collyer Bristow Gallery London - 2016 NOA Prizewinners Exhibition Pallant House, Chichester - 2016 National Open Art Competition Mercers Hall London - 2016 Marmite Painting Prize V Block 336 London and Highlanes Gallery Drogheda - 2015 RWA Open Bristol - 2015 Critics Choice NSA Members PZ Gallery Penzance - 2014 FLUX Heseltine Gallery NSA Members,Truro  2014 Critics Choice PZ Gallery Penzance- 2013 Palladium Painting Bucca Gallery, Newlyn -2012 One Alfred Place WC1 London 2012 - Drawing, Bucca Gallery, Newlyn 2011 - PRINT!, The Exchange, Penzance 2010 - Beyond the Surface, Air Gallery, Wells 2010 - Explanations of Signs, University College, Falmouth 2009 - Newlyn Society of Artists, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2006 - Full Spectrum, Sherborne House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset 2005 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 2005 - Exeter Abstract, Galerie Artlantis, Bad Homburg Germany 2005 - Newlyn Society of Artists, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire 2004 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 2004 - Critics Choice, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance 2003 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 2003 - Affordable Art Fair West, Bristol, Bristol 2003 - Contemporary Art Fair, Glasgow, Glasgow 2003 - Critics Choice, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance 2002 - 3D Gallery, Bristol 2002 - Casa Mia Modern Life and Art, Tokyo and Osaka 2002 - Royal College of Pathologists, London 2002 - Thelma Hubert Gallery, Honiton 2001 - Battersea Contemporary Art Fair 2001 - Brilliant Corners, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance 2001 - Critics Choice, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance 2001 - Mode, Business Design Centre, London 2001 - Stark Gallery, SE1 2000 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea 2000 - Gallery 73, Brighton 1999 - Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 1999 - Critics choice, William Packer, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance 1999 - Surface Matters, Wahle Contemporary Art, Exeter 1999 

    AWARDS

    2015 GOTTLIEB FOUNDATION SUPPORT GRANT, NY   2007 POLLOCK KRASNER FOUNDATION GRANT, NY.     2005 - ARTS COUNCIL GRANT Brewhouse Gallery, The Brewhouse, Taunton.    2003 - ARTS COUNCIL GRANT Exhibition of New Work, Phoenix Exeter.