A week of wonders

I am very pleased to announce that I will be spending the week of the 19th May in residence at the Creative Up North hub in North Shields.

The hub is a fantastic space for creatives from all walks of life and I am honoured that they have asked me to take on an unusual project for them.  Between the 19th and 23rd of May I will be using a three and a half metre metal bar as a canvas for a tattoo-inspired work of art.  This is a great opportunity to step out of my usual comfort zone and explore my interest in playing with surfaces and the idea of painting as image vs painting as object.

Aside from that I will be giving some short lunch time talks about stretching canvas, how I start my paintings, the mysterious alchemy that is oil paint and how not to be an artist.  Mostly I will be painting in a public space and chatting to anyone who wants to stop by, so please come down if you would like to see me at work. You will also be able to see a selection of my work being exhibited, buy prints and original artworks and have a rare opportunity to leaf through some of my sketchbooks.

You can follow the latest developments and what I’m up to during the week on Twitter.

New work available

In the run up to Christmas, we’ve been hard at work at the studio and have produced three new works, available to purchase as limited edition giclée prints through my Etsy shop.  If you are looking for something a little different for a present this year, take a look at the work on offer as soon as possible to make sure you can order in time for Christmas.




A new surreal piece, resulting from a quick sketch made in a café. Its a personal piece worked up in Corel Painter 12, with heavy influence from traditional surrealist paintings. You can see the original sketch and a process piece below.

Taut - digital painting by Michael Cunliffe

Pencil sketch by Michael Cunliffedigitally coloured pencil sketch by Michael Cunliffe