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.
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.
We are delighted to have been asked to work with Yorkshire Agricultural Society, in a partnership to celebrate and showcase the work of artists living in Yorkshire today.
Four of Michael’s large paintings can be viewed at the Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground. Do pop in – they are stunning. All are available to purchase through the gallery.