Bradness Gallery 

Spithurst Road, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5EB, UK.  Tel: 01273 400606

Michael Cruickshank

Michael Cruickshank has been a professional landscape painter since graduating from Exeter College of Art in 1980 with a degree in

Fine Art-Painting.  

His love of the countryside was formed during childhood visits to his grandmother in rural Lincolnshire.  

In 1984 he moved to a Sussex farmhouse near Barcombe and converted the stables into a studio.  Here, he has been able to immerse himself in the ever changing moods and seasons of his surroundings.  Living, working and walking in this environment enables him to observe and capture those inspiring but fleeting moments of cloud formations, sunsets, milky moons and early morning mists.  

Michael works in oils and watercolours and particularly likes painting oil sketches on location which he then develops further into larger finished works in his studio.  

His paintings are widely collected at home and abroad and have been reproduced as limited edition prints and cards.  

His work has been purchased by private collectors and corporate clients including Toyota GB, RBS and Inchcape and has sold through many galleries and the National Trust.  

Mike. autumn reflectionsl ebbing tidel on the downs Grazing below The Downs low res Looking from Iona to Staffa low res ullswater Iona summer downland Winter Visitors

At Bradness. we like to feed the birds.  They sit in this Viburnum bush outside the kitchen windows and wait for their turn to feed from the tasty treats on the bird table.  This is Mike's first painting of birds and he loved doing it so much that he is working on a series of garden birds for his exhibition in June 2015.

Sometimes, as on the day that I am writing this for the website, the weather outside is cold, grey, wet and miserable.  I love Mike's Summer Downland painting as it reminds me of what there is to look forward to.  A painting brings together the essence of a place and a time, a memory and a history as well as the view that is before the artist as he is working.  The painting below is of the Isle of Iona.  If you have never been there, do try to visit as it is magical.

Painting above Glynde - blocking in the tonal valu Mike painting above Glynde 1 Painting above Glynde 2

 

There is nothing quite like setting up the easel outside on a freezing cold and blustery day to focus the mind on painting!

 

We regularly walk with friends, each week trying to find a different walk (and pub!)  This view over of the dewpond above Glynde was especially lovely and I came back to paint it.   The walk is to be recommended too with a round trip from Glynde, via Mount Caburn, stopping for lunch in Lewes and then back again.  Beautiful!

Setting up the easel and mapping in the view as a guide to start painting.

Capturing the coast at opposite ends of the country .......

To the left, whilst on holiday on the Isle of Iona in the Hebrides and to the right, The Seven Sisters where we live and walk all the time in Sussex.