“I painted the majority of the cityscapes in this show during the late winter/early spring of 2023. I favour this transitional time of year for scenes of London because the quality of light is interesting to me. The low sun produces unexpected shadows and points where objects catch the light. The changeable weather — sudden showers, fine drizzle, mist — adds a degree of mystery to familiar places and prospects. It helps me see them afresh.” Michael Alford
Paintings inspired by home, paintings inspired by travel. The cityscapes, city scenes, beach scenes and travel paintings in Michael Alford’s latest solo exhibition provide a glimpse into the varied life and limitless curiosity of a painter at large in the world.
Thinking of commissioning a painting? Here’s a step-by-step description of what to expect when you commission a bespoke work from Michael Alford.
Objects and props, theatrical lighting and the hint of hidden narratives mark an evolution in Michael Alford’s approach to painting the female nude. A new show at Panter and Hall’s Pall Mall gallery showcases his insights into creating scenes that blend the artificial and the natural with dramatic impact.
Michael Alford talks about the painterly choices behind his new collection of musician paintings at the Red Rag Gallery, Bath. He explains his fascination for depicting artists engaged in the act of performance—and reveals his musical crushes, the groups he dreams of painting one day.
The Brigade of Gurkhas chose to commemorate the 40 year anniversary of the Falklands War by commissioning a painting from Michael Alford. Learn how he liaised with the men who were present on the day to recreate an image of the battle for Mt. William that’s true to their memories and represents historical fact.
“I enjoy doing commissions,” says Michael Alford. “There’s an opportunity to give the client what they really want. Often they’ve had a certain idea in mind for years by the time they come to me. It feels good to finally make it real for them.”
One of only a handful of artists commissioned by the British government during both world wars, Nash remains among the most influential war artists of all time. Read about the way Nash’s career charts the expansion of government support for art during wartime and illustrates how the concept of the war artist developed over the course of the 20th century.
Eastbound, Piccadilly: “The human element gives a painting, and a city, its life.”
Michael Alford talks painting technique, his obsession with London and the artistic choices behind his award-winning painting.
Michael Alford discusses the process of planning and making a bespoke dining room mural for a special family home in London.