MICHAEL J. STRANG

 

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A painting is but a prayer;
a communion with the very essence of life.
And sometimes an answer rises from unfathomable depths,
a voice of silence woven into the pigments.
M J Strang 1992

 

 

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Michael Strang has a Diploma in Art and Design (Hons) London, and studied under David Poole (President of the Royal Society of Portrait painters), Anthony Eyton RA, Ben Levine RA, Dick Lee, David Hepher and others at Wimbledon and Camberwell Schools of Art, between 1968 and 1973.

He paints mainly oil, (but sometimes water-colour) landscapes, still lives, portraits and other subjects. He accepts commissions, and his work can be found in various collections in Canada, the USA, Switzerland, Germany, Corsica and the United Kingdom.

To see his work in the UK, if you are in Cornwall, try The Roundhouse Gallery in Sennen Cove, The Summerhouse Gallery in Marazion, or the Fowey River Gallery in Fowey. In Wales try the Gallery on the Usk in Crickhowell, Powys. In the US the Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC may have some work to see. Alternately, contact us and we can show you what is currently available.

Michael has been painting since 1973, and has shown in an impressive list of well over 100 public and private galleries and museums, including:

Royal Academy - London Tate Gallery - St Ives Mall Gallery - London
Salthouse Gallery - St Ives Medici Gallery - London Newlyn Gallery - Newlyn
Woodstock Gallery - London Penzance Gallery - Penzance Compton Gallery - Windsor
Leon Suddaby Gallery - St Ives Omell Gallery - Windsor Avalon Gallery - Marazion
Emgee Gallery - Eton Frost & Reed - Bristol Mandell's Gallery - Norwich
Pitminster Studio - Taunton A.B. Gallery - Salcombe Visions & Journeys
Park Lane Fine Art - Ashtead Warwick Gallery - Beaconsfield Jasper's Gallery - Maidenhead
New Craftsman - St Ives The Cry of the Gulls, Fowey Heath Galleries - Ascot
Porthmeor Gallery - St Ives City Hall - Truro Alan Shears - Penzance
Stephen Bartley - Chelsea Oast House - Staines Meridian Gallery - St Just
George Frederick Watts Gallery Reigate Gallery Lyonesse Fine Arts - Lands End
Welsh Gallery - Abergavenny Llantarnan Grange - Cwmbran Bryan Forbes Gallery - Virginia Water
Forest Gallery - Guildford Datchet Gallery - Datchet Solomon & Whitehead Gallery - Bournemouth
Falmouth Arts Centre Thompsons Gallery - London Cooling Gallery - London
Member of Chelsea Arts Club Guardian Exhibition Sims Gallery - St Ives
Truro Museum Launceston College Armadagal Plymouth
Penzance Arts Club Washerbrook Mill Gallery - Kingsbridge Cornwall Education Collection
First Sight Gallery, Clifton, Bristol New Grafton Gallery Cheltenham & Gloucester BS Collection
Elder Gallery, North Carolina, US Weatherburn-Baker Gallery, Florida, US Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery

A series of over 50 small Porthmeor Paintings were shown at the Tate Gallery, St Ives in their "Century of Images" exhibition from April to October 1995. Most of these paintings were on display again in the 1997 exhibition at the Camborne School of Mines Gallery. A selection can be seen in our Century of Images page.

The National Museum Wales has 2 of Michael Strang's works in their collection. In 2010 they purchased the painting Derelict Cottages, Llanelly Hill 1978, and at the same time Michael gifted them the painting Brynmawr Town Hall 1975.

Other prestigious museums have also been collecting his work. Falmouth Art Gallery has six of his paintings in its permanent collection, the Royal Cornwall Museum has five, Penlee House Collection has two, Truro School has one, the Lewis Elton Gallery in Surrey has one. Michael also has three paintings in the Cornwall County Education Collection which houses a collection of selected paintings, sculpture and ceramics from Cornwall's greatest artists including : Dame Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, Bernard Leach and others. The works can be loaned by schools across Cornwall to provide their pupils with examples of good art.

He had three paintings in the Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society Collection which houses major works by various artists including Augustus John.

As an artist Michael has an enormous generosity and has donated paintings to many charitable causes and and appeals. A large painting of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is hanging in the Church Vestry in Trafalgar Square, London, after helping to raise money for their 34 million restoration appeal. His paintings have raised funds by auction for various charities among others including Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, St Julia's Hospice, Cornwall, and West Cornwall Hospital. He regularly has paintings sold at Christies (London) in aid of Cancer Research.
 

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