Michael describes his art as “essentially a humble attempt to celebrate the intrinsic beauty and mystery of light in what could be described as mainly semi- abstract impressionistic atmospheric landscapes. I leave the viewer free to respond or not!”
Michael Gilling was born in the village of Cheddar in Somerset in the UK “a long time ago”, but has travelled and lived abroad extensively, including innumerable annual visits to one of his favourite locations, the Sunshine Coast. Early morning walks on Mudjimba beach with the sunrise over the ocean have provided the stimulus for several of his paintings.
Meeting the philosopher Phiroz Mehta in the 1980’s provided the ticket of admission to the visual arts with his pronouncement "Mankind was born to be the happy creator". This led Michael to pursue studies at the Bristol College of Art; the Mendip Painting School and the Open University, which all helped him find the initial way forward.
But it was Michael’s chance attendance some years ago at a workshop on palette knife acrylic painting on board that changed everything. This approach gave a lot more freedom of expression, which also brought the challenge of less control, but he found what is now his medium of expression.
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