About Michael Praed
Michael Praed was born in Cornwall in 1941 and studied art locally, at the Penzance and Falmouth Schools of Art. He taught painting and drawing in Penzance for nearly thirty years before leaving to concentrate full-time on his own painting. Michael lived for many years in the fishing port of Newlyn and his studio had spectacular views over the harbour and across the bay to St Michael's Mount. He and his wife have recently relocated to the village of Madron and have equally dramatic views across the fields of Penwith towards Mounts Bay, St Michaels Mount and stretching beyond to the Lizard Peninsula.
Michael's paintings of the Cornish coastline, ports and fishing boats have a distinctive personal style and are instantly recognisable. The strong, near vertical lines often that often pervade the work evoke those that are omnipresent in the granite cliffs and harbours of Penwith. Bright hulls of boats contrast with the natural sea blues and rust-coloured rocks that characterise many of the paintings. Michael's larger works tend to be in oils while smaller paintings are made on paper with gouache and pastels.
His work has been exhibited widely in the UK and abroad for over forty years. He has held solo shows in London and across continental Europe. He is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists and a former Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists.