Michael Weller
Overview / Portfolio

Michael Weller grew up in Winchester.  After a lucky escape from librarianship he embarked on life-drawing classes. This led to a second degree in Fine Art printmaking at London Metropolitan University where he achieved a First. From here he went to Lavender Hill Studios, a traditional atelier-style painting school, and has since set up his studio back in Winchester.

Michael draws and paints in a traditional style from life. He was a scholar with the New English Art Club and in 2015 he won both the Winsor & Newton Award and the Le Clerc Fowle Medal for an outstanding group of paintings. 

Having started out with more abstract leanings, Michael began to look at ‘abstract relationships within figurative painting.’  Often working on several paintings at the same time, his paintings are now studies in tone.

Exploring his way around his subjects, Michael writes ‘I used to paint a piece of garlic next to a blue cup, over and over, endlessly. Then apples and lemons. Initially the paintings were busier – more apples, five or six. Then some of the apples got painted over. Only three. I’d move them up, move them to the left, move them down. A friend suggested I paint pears, as the colour is quieter. I proceeded with pears for quite a while. Years, in fact. I came across a painting online of a bag of shopping by Jean Cooke. It was gorgeous. Eventually I started a painting on a slightly larger piece of board. I put in a bottle of milk, a packet of coffee, and a pear. The right-hand corner was empty so I added my blue mug.’

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he results are calming, absorbing studies in tone, colour and the relationship between objects.  They draw the viewer in, encouraging them to look further, closer, rewarding them with every return and in every retelling.

When he’s not at his easel Michael draws a lot.   ‘I often think artists’ sketchbooks contain their most interesting work and believe you need to draw (everyday) to grow as a painter.’ 

Portfolio
Satsumas II, 21.11.21
Satsumas II, 21.11.21
Michael Weller
Oil on board
13 x 18cm
SOLD
Four Lemons
Four Lemons
Michael Weller
Oil on Primed Card
18 x 13cm Framed 28.5 x 23.5cm
£295
Satsumas 31.12.21
Satsumas 31.12.21
Michael Weller
Oil on Board
13 x 18cm Framed 23.5 x 28.5cm
£295
 Pears on a Trolley
Pears on a Trolley
Michael Weller
Oil on Board
16 x 20cm
£350
Satsumas on My Easel II
Satsumas on My Easel II
Michael Weller
Oil on Card
13 x 18cm Framed 23.5 x 28.5cm
SOLD
 Lemons II, 10th Feb, 2022
Lemons II, 10th Feb, 2022
Michael Weller
Oil on Board
13 x 18cm
£295
 Satsumas On My Easel I 29/1/2022
Satsumas On My Easel I 29/1/2022
Michael Weller
Oil on card
13 x 18cm
SOLD
Satsumas 20.11.21
Satsumas 20.11.21
Michael Weller
Oil on card
13 x 18cm
£250
 Satsumas II, 8 October 21
Satsumas II, 8 October 21
Michael Weller
Oil on board
18 x 13cm
SOLD
 Pears 8/12/21
Pears 8/12/21
Michael Weller
Oil on Board
13 x 18cm
£295
 Pears 31-12-21
Pears 31-12-21
Michael Weller
Oil on Board
18 x 24cm
SOLD
 Plums I 26-1-2022
Plums I 26-1-2022
Michael Weller
Oil on board
24 x 18cm
£395
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