About Michael and Simon
Michael Brace is a 25 year old painter based in Baldock, Hertfordshire. He studied Art at the University of Coventry. Whilst there he created stunning visual representations of the city, day and night images that captured views and angles of the city that may be missed by the casual observer; some beautiful, some sinister.
He has been painting for several years, developing his work through different interest ranging from images of animals, to portraits to still life and studies of form and tone. He completed his studies at GCSE and A Level and went on to further education. He was awarded unconditional entry into Coventry Universities School of Fine Art.
Since graduating from the University he continues his work, producing vivid images of city landscapes, celebrities, and iconic symbols of British culture with a twist. He uses acrylic and oil paints to an almost hypnotic effect. He will work on commission, and his work will be displayed in local Art galleries all over North Hertfordshire in the upcoming year.
My work has developed from things we see in our everyday lives. These things can vary from a large cityscape to a more intimate place such as a bus stop or phone box. When I started to develop this body of work I intended to observe items that I felt represented modern British culture, such as a red bus or a red phone box. These images showed something that could be an intimate personal moment, which I then showed on a large open scale using large paintings.
My work has now changed to representing ‘big’ scenes such as city skylines or interior of stadiums during sporting events. These are large scale public areas and events that I am now painting on a smaller more personal scale, in an attempt to personalise these moments. Within the pictures internal construction I use oil or acrylic paint, applied with a brush, stick or cardboard to give me solid, straight lines and definite angles. I like to represent light and reflection accurately within my work. I draw inspiration from places I have visited and places that have been shown to me, through films by artists such as Michael MANN, Seven SPEILBERG and Martin SCORSESE.
2011 – Copperbeech Gallery, Littly Wymondly, Hertfordshire.
2010 – University Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. Work showing in the Margaret Harvey Gallery and The Museum of St Albans.
2008 – Coventry University: 63 degrees Fine Art degree show.
BA Media Studies and Fine Art 2005 – 2008
The Knights Templar School
A level Fine Art 2002 – 2004