at the Art Gallery’s Square Room
About the Artist: Michael Kitchen
Although always keen on painting as a boy and on leaving school recommended for Art College Michael chose to pursue adventure and travel in the British Army; a career that enabled him to paint, accept commissions and exhibit in many parts of the world. His passion for painting however finally got the better of him when, in 1989 and after 27 years service, he took early retirement to pursue his vocation as an artist.
Michael’s first studio was in Aberdeen, the city of his birth, where he regularly exhibited and sold work through galleries and produced several limited edition prints. In 1991 he received his first prestigious commission…to paint a large canvas of the Gulf War for the museum of the Royal Military Police. Subsequently requests were also received to produce retrospective paintings of RMP commitments in the Falklands War and Northern Ireland.
That same year an invitation was received to tutor watercolour painting at The Independent Painters Workshop, Aberdeen; a challenge readily accepted. For the next three years he enjoyed encouraging others in their endeavours and found his previous leadership and administrative skills highly beneficial for organising courses.
In 1994 Michael, and his ever supportive wife Mary, moved to ‘Wood of Shaws’ a country house idyllically situated beside the River Deveron in Aberdeenshire. Within a year a purpose-built studio and gallery had been built and for the next 15 years they ran a very successful business organising and hosting residential painting holidays. Michael also tutored painting holidays in Morocco, Tunisia, Crete, Tenerife, France, Tuscany, on the Isle of Skye and as a guest tutor on board The QE2, The Queen Victoria and other liners.
Apart from painting, articles have been written for several publications including the ‘Leisure Painter’ and ‘International Pastel Artists’ magazines and for five years he demonstrated portraiture at the annual Art Materials Show, London hosted by the ‘Artist’s & Illustrator’s’ magazine. Portrait commissions have included Field Marshal the Lord Inge, General Sir Richard Dannatt (now Lord Dannett) and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Michael paints in watercolours, oils and pastels and his obsession with light and shadows, capturing atmosphere and the very essence of his subjects is evident in all his works; particularly portraiture and Scottish landscapes.
In August 2011 the family moved to their current home at Inverboyndie overlooking Banff Beach from where Michael, ever passionate about his art, continues to paint, accept commissions and provide demonstrations to Art Societies.
Exhibition runs May 31 – June 24