Michael Porter has created a unique voice in dealing with the very English subject matter of landscape. His paintings describe the physical boldness of the landscape combined with the delicate flora and fauna found within it, using what is usually seen as the familiar and reinterpreting it with a creative freshness allowing the viewer to see from a new perspective.
The surfaces are multi-layered: natural elements are camouflaged and concealed and are only just visible, whilst others, painted with painstaking detail, are clearly discernible. The variety of surface texture and the delicate and subtle colours reflect those of the natural world.
While at first glance The Vanitas Series may seem of a renewed genre, each work is still very much anchored in traditional landscape representation, echoing 17th century Dutch Vanitas painting. Although the subject of Porter's study is of monumental dimension, its small scale invites the viewer into the depth of its painterly details.
Michael Porter (born 1948 in Derbyshire) studied at Chelsea College of Art and has been awarded many residencies and prizes, including an Honorary Doctorate in Professional Practice from the University of Derby. Michael Porter has exhibited internationally in both group and solo shows in numerous galleries and institutions. His works are in the collections of The British Museum, The National Gallery London, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Arts Council, The Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, The National Gallery of South Africa.