Michael Jackson was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1961. He studied illustration at Blackpool College of Art and was the first student ever, to achieve a distinction.
He was awarded the title ‘Student of the Year’ by the Rotary Club of Great Britain, in recognition of the exceptional quality and detail of his work.
In 1982 he became a full-time illustrator specialising in advertising. He also taught on a part-time basis at Blackpool College, in the disciplines of Scientific and Natural History illustration. In the same year he held his first exhibition at the Ethos Gallery in Clitheroe. Since then he has had sellout exhibitions in the UK, USA, Barbados and Bermuda. From 1995 until 2005 he was represented exclusively by the Halcyon Gallery in London’s Mayfair. His work has achieved record sale prices at Christies, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s. He now lives and works in SW France where he paints for a select clientele.
A committed conservationist, Michael’s diligence to his art has taken him around the world where he has observed such species as the endangered Bengal tigers and the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.
He is considered to be one of the worlds leading wildlife artists and his paintings are highly sought after by collectors and investors across the globe – testament to his skill, dedication and love of his subjects.
Michael has worked with many charities including Fauna & Flora International, The Rainforest Foundation, Care For The Wild, The David Sheperd Conservation Foundation and the N.S.P.C.C. He has raised over £250,000 for his causes.