The pandemic disrupted all of our lives in different ways. Now, with vaccinations thankfully on the rise and the world beginning to open up to travel, painter Michael Alford celebrates a return to life and optimism with a solo exhibition at Wimbledon Fine Arts. This show of new work includes cityscapes, landscapes and a series of Michael’s oil sketches, shown in public for the first time. In this commentary, Michael discusses the inspiration behind the paintings and describes the special artistic challenges—and unforeseen opportunities—afforded by this unprecedented time.
“Michael Alford is one of that group of painters for whom the sensation of oil under the brush is important. His particular magic is that this joy in the handling of paint remains clearly evident in the finished picture.” David Buckman
Michael Alford speaks to Louisa Baumgärtel from the online art magazine Singulart and answers her questions about his early work, artistic inspirations and what compels him to paint cityscapes.
In May of 2018, painters Michael Alford and Marcus Hodge traveled to Andalusia to draw inspiration from Spain’s largest religious festival, the Romería del Rocío. Here Alford talks about the way this adventure inspired his ambitious suite of paintings, The Romería Series.
Michael Alford discusses the process of planning and making a bespoke dining room mural for a special family home in London.