Michael Bilton (A.R.C.A.)
Born in Cambridge, Michael graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1963. He subsequently spent 30 years as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Foundation Studies at Loughborough College of Art and Design. Retiring in the mid -1990s, he moved to North Yorkshire to concentrate on his own artistic practise.
My work, in general, is inspired by the Swaledale landscape where I live, or memories of loved places visited.
Mood and atmosphere direct the content of my work. Larger scale paintings are the bringing together of observations made in smaller works – the genesis of my ideas.
My approach is exploratory. And a concern with non-representational colour and surface texture direct the images to semi-abstract results.
Michael has exhibited widely throughout the UK. His work is in several UK and overseas collections, both public and private. Storm Over Carver Hill, a large scale painting based on an event that Michael witnessed near his Swaledale home is held by York City Art Gallery and Early Morning Mist is in the collection of The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, London. This painting won the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers First Prize Gold Medal Award (2005), was subsequently purchased by them and Michael made an Associate Member.
Michael works from his studio near Reeth, North Yorkshire.