Winter 2020

Michael Alford
I am a British figurative painter with an interest in a variety of different subjects including landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, nudes and murals. I live in London and exhibit my work in a range of UK galleries, as well as in galleries in the US, Europe and online. I am available for special commissions.

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Current Exhibitions

Strand/The Wellington. One of the works on show in the Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2020 Exhibition.

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI)

Annual Exhibition 2020 Online

25 November – 6 December, 2020
Mall Galleries
17 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5BD

Michael Alford is pleased to announce that his work will again be included in this year’s Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition.

This open exhibition serves as a showcase for talented figurative artists of all ages and backgrounds, with the work of young painters on display alongside that of long-established members of the Institute.

Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s exhibition is online only, but all paintings can be viewed and purchased securely through the Mall Galleries website.

The Aldwych, Bush House, Winter by Michael Alford

Autumn/Winter Exhibition 2020

October, November, December 2020

Featuring works by:
Michael Alford, Catriona Campbell, David Curtis, Mary Feddon, Joan Gillespie,
Stephen Mangan, Jean B Martin, Jonathan Pike & Astrid Trügg

The Richard Hagen Gallery
Stable Lodge
55/57 High St
Worcestershire WR12 7DP
+44 (0) 1386 853624 / 858561

Exhibition catalogues sent on request

Grazioso: a monochrome study of a classical orchestra by Michael Alford (detail)


Autumn and Winter Collection 2020
featuring selected works by Michael Alford

November & December 2020

Norton Way Gallery
51 Norton Way North
Letchworth, Hertfordshire, SG6 1BH
+44 (0)1462 685139

All works can be viewed and purchased online.

The Muses in the Time of Covid-19

Painting Through the Pandemic

How does an artist of London cityscapes deal with the Covid-age reality of an empty city?

In this recent interview Michael Alford talks about his art, the challenges he’s faced during lockdown, and how creativity is his secret weapon when it comes to surviving a crisis.

Read the article.

More about the image…

This image was adapted by Michael Alford from Portraits in the Characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo by Richard Samuel, 1778. Samuel’s painting shows leading female artists of the time posing as muses in their respective fields. The sitters were: Elizabeth Carter, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Hannah More, Catharine Macaula, Elizabeth Montagu, Angelica Kauffman, Elizabeth Griffith, Elizabeth Ann Linley and Charlotte Lennox. The original image is sourced from @Wikimedia Commons



watercolour of corfu by michael alford

Painting Through the Pandemic

“You have to keep your spirits up.” Michael Alford reveals how he stays creative in the time of Covid.

Saint James Square, Spring

Michael Alford on Painting the Nude

“The authenticity of the painting comes out of an understanding between me and the model about what we’re trying to achieve.”

Transport, Helmand 2010 by Michael Alford

In the Footsteps of Paul Nash

How Michael Alford and other British war artists continue the tradition started by the influential artist.

Creating A Woodland Mural

Michael Alford brings the outdoors indoors with a unique mural for his nature-loving clients.