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Michael Porter – The Glance and the Gaze: until August 21

PUBLISHED: 12:37 01 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:48 20 February 2013

Michael Porter – The Glance and the Gaze: until August 21

Michael Porter – The Glance and the Gaze: until August 21

The summer exhibition at Nature in Art features the remarkable work of Michael Porter in a unique selection of work


The Glance and the Gaze: until August 21


The summer exhibition at Nature in Art features the remarkable work of Michael Porter in a unique selection of work


Michael Porter was born 1948 in Derbyshire, a county renowned for its rugged natural beauty. As a child and youth he made the most of his surroundings, walking the dales and climbing the local grit stone. At the age of 15 he attended nearby Nottingham College of Art and later Derby College of Art completing his studies at Chelsea School of Art. He finished his academic training as Fellow in Fine Art at Gloucestershire College of Art in 1973. From 1974 he worked in the same studio in Hackney, East London until his move to Cornwall in 1997. During this period he lectured in most major Art Schools in London and the provinces as well as several throughout Europe. His work has been regularly exhibited in museums and galleries in London, Europe and America and has been the recipient of numerous major awards, such as The National Gallery Artist in residence, The Lorne Award London University, The Odin Award RWA, Honorary doctorate from Derby University.
For the past 20 years he has worked exclusively from the landscape, always using locations that he has been familiar with over long periods of time as the paintings incorporate both time past and time present. Porter regards himself as a traditional landscape artist without being overtly figurative. He is renowned for his innovative use of paint that suggests nature itself, incorporating both the Glance and the Gaze. Technically they are extremely complex things, beautifully and immaculately done. One can quickly scan the scene and the next second look intently and discover some minute detail within the picture. One comes away with the knowledge of having recognised a real place...
This exhibition features work from two separate series of painting - Coastal Path and Seashore. Some of the paintings are for sale.

Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, GL2 9PA, tel: 01452 733942, www.nature-in-art.org.uk

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