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.”
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.
How Michael Alford and other war artists carry on the British tradition of creating art in conflict zones.
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
“The attraction to painting nudes is that it’s so difficult to get it right. You need correct draughtsmanship, colour, tone. You have to understand anatomy, even though you’re not really painting it.” — Michael Alford