Based in United Kingdom
Belfast Northern Ireland born U.K. artist Michael McEvoy based in Nottingham. I studied art at Belfast School of Art and at Manchester and Nottingham. I was the first art and design technician in the United Kingdom for the City Technology Colleges at The Djanogly C.T.C college.
From 2008, full time free lance artist and life drawing tutor.
While an accomplished artist in etching and engraving, acrylic and water colour painting and wood carving. I have painted in oils for several years. My subject matter mainly concentrates on figurative art or portraits. Often relating to experiences from life or from memories of my childhood’s whimsical imagination. They all have a story to unfold.
I have exhibited in the North and Midlands England and Northern Ireland. Painting private commissions the UK and Ireland, U.S.A. Canada, China and Thailand. I have paintings in private collections throughout the world.
My art does not seek to shock, affront, distort, deconstruct, or dissolve. It seeks only to invite you to share my world. The world you may enter when you find a forgotten and faded photograph at the back of a drawer. Or hear an old tune on the radio. Or a home town accent when you are far from home. Distant memories, happy days, a coffee on the pier.
As an artist I will never be without inspiration as even alone, a human gazes back from the mirror. My painting styles are contemporary, yet classical / traditional / realist and occasionally naive or impressionist. At times a mixture of styles and nearly always narrative paintings. The composition and technique I use is influenced and inspired by the realism and romanticism of my favourite renaissance Masters. Their wonderful, timeless masterpieces and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Predominantly figurative. The tendency of my artwork is towards carefully composed anonymity. Capturing the emotions and self belief of the subject, rather than characteristic individual representation. The creation of figurative artwork not only depicts the emotions of the artist. It transforms the artist’s emotions.