Michael Fairclough


Michael Fairclough

Michael Fairclough is the son of Wilfred Fairclough, ARCA, Rome Scholar, RE.,RWS and Joan Vernon-Cryer, ARCA, RWS. He studied painting at Kingston School of Art under Reginald Brill, Frank Archer and Lionel Bulmer and etching with Wilfred Fairclough.

At Kingston he met Mary Malenoir, RA Schools, Rome Scholar, RE and they later married and worked in Ireland, Rome, Greece and Paris and they continue to work together.

Michael Fairclough's work has been recognized by a number of awards and prizes, among them a Royal Academy of Arts David Murray Award for Landscape 1960; The Rome Scholarship for Printmaking 1964; A Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition prize 1987; First prize at the Chichester Open Painting Exhibition 1997.

Abridged CV

1940 Born in Blackburn, Lancashire
1957-61 Studied painting at Kingston School of Art
1960 Royal Academy of Arts, David Murray Award for Landscape
1961 British Institution Fund Award for Engraving
1962-64 Taught at Belfast School of Art
1964-66 Rome Scholar in Engraving
1964 Elected Associate of Royal Society of Painter-Etchers & Engravers & Fellow in 1973
1967 S.W. Hayter's Atelier 17, Paris
1967-79 Taught at West Surrey College of Art and Design
1981 Fellow of Printmakers' Council
1995 Elected Member of New English Art Club

Solo Exhibitions since 1995

1995 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham (Print Retrospective)
 Coram Gallery, London
 Kent Institute, Maidstone
1996 Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
2000 Berkeley Square Gallery, London
 Courcoux and Courcoux, Stockbridge, Hants
2001 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2004 Osborne-Samuel (Berkeley Square) Gallery, London
 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
 Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
2005 Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
2006 Artonomy, Truro
 Courcoux and Courcoux, Stockbridge
2007 Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
2008 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
 Courcoux and Courcoux, Stockbridge
2010 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2011 Courcoux and Courcoux, Stockbridge
2012 Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

Selected Mixed Exhibitions since 1995

1995 onward New English Art Club and associated exhibitions
1995 New Academy Gallery, London
 Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition
1996 New Academy Gallery, London
1996 Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, Bath
 Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition
1997 Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition
 Offer Waterman, London
 Chichester Open Painting - First Prize winner
 20c and London Contemporary Art Fairs
1999 Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition
2000 Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition
 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
2001 Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition
 20c and London Contemporary Art Fairs
 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
2002 20c and London Contemporary Art Fairs
 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
 Beaux Arts - Bath
 Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition
2003 Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition
 20c and London Contemporary Art Fairs
2004 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
 Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition
2005 Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2006 Artonomy, Truro
 Beaux Arts – Bath
 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
2007 Beaux Arts - Bath
2009 Affordable Art Fair, Osborne Samuel
2010 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
2011 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
2013 'The British Scene', Mall Galleries, London


1981 Mural for Farnham Post Office (Department of the Environment)
1981 Post Office Special Issue 5 Stamps, National Trust for Scotland
1989 National Westminster Bank, "Art of investment"
1995 Avebury Press
2004 Five paintings for boardroom of new Meteorological Office, Exeter

Editions published

1974 Print Collectors Club (Painter-Etchers), London
1982 Print Collectors Club, Washington D.C, U.S.A
1978 etc CCA Galleries
1979 etc. CCA/National Trust Collections
1986 Anderson O'Day

Public collections

Victoria & Albert MuseumAshmolean Museum, OxfordBowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Oldham Art Gallery Greenwich Art Gallery Post Office Headquarters, London
Museum Boymans van Beunegen, Rotterdam World Bank South London Art Gallery
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal Basildon District Council Newport Museum and Art Gallery
South East Arts Association Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Royal Albert Museum, Exeter Adam Smith Institute New York Public Library
Inner London Education Authority Kingston-upon-Thames Borough Council Wakefield City Art Gallery
European Science Foundation European Parliament London School of Economics
Meteorological Office, Exeter Pilkington Glass London Borough of Camden
Corporate and private collections in U.K and abroad.  

Work reproduced in

'Collecting Original Prints' - Rosemary Simmons - Studio Vista
'Complete Guide to Prints and Printmaking' - Phaidon
Deutsche Grammophon "Galleria" Series
Printmaking Today - critical review, August 1995
Modern British Painters 1900-1980, Alan Windsor.

Michael Fairclough travelling when young

Michael Fairclough working on a canvas

Michael Fairclough walking the dogs

Michael Fairclough bright moon and a dark night

Michael Fairclough sketching on the rocks

Michael Fairclough with Mary

Michael Fairclough and a glider

Michael Fairclough sitting on steps

All images © 2024 Michael Fairclough


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