Welcome to michaelkirby.com

Michael was born in Liverpool in 1956, he studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Wigan School of Art and Design, but after two years he decided to leave and moved to London where he worked as a freelance illustrator. In a career spanning 25 years he  worked for most of the major advertising agencies in the capital.

Since moving back to Liverpool in 2002 Michael has concentrated on developing his painting. His main interests are Portraiture and Landscape, whether urban or country and the depiction of the human figure. He is greatly influenced by the works of John S Sargent, Lucien Freud. He has taken part in a number of group exhibitions, both in London and Liverpool, his work is also held in numerous private collections throughout the UK.In 2015 Michael was a contestant on Sky Arts, Landscape Artist of the Year, Episode 4 at Lyme Park Cheshire and made it to the last three in that Heat.

Michael is available to take commissions, so please feel free to contact him to discuss your requirements. 
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Solo Exhibitions:
2009 Kirkby Gallery, Liverpool  
Group Exhibitions:
2015 Sky Arts, Landscape Artist of the Year Exhibition Lyme Park, Stockport Cheshire.
2015 W.S.A. Annual Exhibition, Williamsom Art Gallery, Birkenhead. 
2014 West Lancashire Open Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.  Second Prize Winner
2013 West Lancashire Open Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk. Commended
2012 West Lancashire Open Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk 
2011 The Gallery Liverpool, Stanhope Street, Liverpool 
2011 West Lancashire Open Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk. 
2010 West Lancashire Open Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.  Commended
2010 Wirral National Open Art Exhibition, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead. 
2010 The Gallery Liverpool, Stanhope Street, Liverpool. 
2008 Best of Merseyside, National Conservation Centre, Whitechapel, Liverpool. 
2008 Wirral National Open Art Exhibition, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.
2006 Wirral National Open Art Exhibition, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.
2005 L. S. C. Exhibition, Senate House, University of Liverpool.
2003 Daily Mail Not the Turner Prize, Mall Galleries London.
1999 Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, Royal College of Surgeons, London.