Michael Jackson is considered to be one of the worlds leading wildlife artists. His original paintings are eagerly sought after by discerning collectors across the globe, and are both highly collectable, and investment grade art.
Born in 1961 in Preston, Lancashire. Michael has been interested in wildlife, drawing and painting since early childhood. After leaving school he studied illustration for 4 years at Blackpool College of Art. He was the first student ever to be achieve a distinction and was awarded the “Student of the Year” title by the Rotary Club of Great Britain, in recognition of the exceptional quality and detail of his work.
After leaving college in 1982, Michael became a full-time fine artist, specialising in advertising illustration, he also worked part time at Blackpool college to teach Natural History, Scientific and Technical Illustration for over 5 years. Since his very first exhibition at the Ethos Gallery Clitheroe in 1982, he has had many sellout exhibitions in the UK, America, Barbados and Bermuda, as well as achieving record prices for his work at Christies, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s. He was exclusivley represented for fifteen years by the Halycon Gallery in London’s Mayfair.
Michael’s quest for inspiration leads him to travel the world in pursuit of the subject matter that fuels his passion to paint. He chooses to explore those countries that provide opportunities for observing the wonderful multiplicity of life, and has had the good fortune to see exceptional species such as the endangered Bengal tigers and the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. He is a committed conservationist, and has worked with charities such as Fauna & Flora International, The Rainforest Foundation and Care for the Wild, amongst many others.
“It is all of these amazing and privileged experiences that have influenced and inspired my work.
I am always pushing my artistic abilities in exciting, new directions. Some of the paintings express a strong narrative that is pertinent to modern day life, whilst others bring about a fusion of vibrant expressionism and realism that has not been seen before. This I hope, reveals a fresh approach to my subjects. I beleive that every artist should endeavour to evolve, and I am no exception. By exploring innovative and relevant ideas I hope to achieve and to expand this evolution and therefore keep my work at the forefront of contemporary art today”