Based in United Kingdom
I was originally trained as a scenic artist working for The Royal Opera House, which greatly influences themes and concepts for my paintings. In the theatre I have worked with leading designers and artists including John Craxton, David Hockney, Jock McFayden, Sidney Nolan, Victor Passmore and John Piper.
The style surrounding the majority of my work is figurative, with a technique of reverse painting on perspex. I have a love of colour and I am drawn towards painting those subjects where the use of colour can transmit a sense of the bright vibrancy, and illumination that one can get from life.
I have had a number of one man shows at The Royal Opera House and at The Beatrice Royal Gallery, as well as mixed shows at galleries such as The Hollywood Road Gallery, Chelsea, the Mall Gallery and the Discerning Eye.
“Mike Becket turns his attention to the parti-coloured, multi-faceted audiences with as much humour as he shows in capturing a moment on stage. His compositions intimate and filled with irony and humour are incidental and full of circumstance at the same time.”
-Robin Dutt, Art Critic and Curator.
“Mike Becket has worked as a scenic artist and set designer alongside David Hockney, Victor Passmore and Jasper Conran before turning to his own painting and his own themes. The audiences of the ballets and operas he designed are now the focus of his attention, as he paints with witty characterization, everyone from the figures in the orchestra, people in the stalls and boxes, to backstage glimpses of tired musician enjoying the interval. With warmth and humour he casts his eye on them all.”
-What’s On, Magazine.