Michael Gaskell


Landscape can hold a more personally felt significance. Those landscapes with which we are familiar and to which we return have the almost magical ability to trigger unexpected moments of personal reflection and can come to hold unforeseen significance in our lives. In his paintings, Michael Gaskell returns to familiar haunts and recurrent themes. They depict the simple beauty of a single tree, the passing of the seasons, the crisp blue shadows on a bright, cold snowy day or the striking tonal shift from shadow into light.


Working primarily in egg tempera, Gaskell's aim is to produce paintings of heightened Hyperrealism which convey a sense of stillness and contemplation.  The hallmarks of Michael's work are clarity of composition which engages the eye in combination with a high level of detail which rewards close scrutiny.


Michael Gaskell, born in 1963, has won a number of prizes in national painting competitions and has been on the shortlist of the BP portrait award at The National Portrait Gallery on six occasions, winning second prize in 2003, 2009 and 2010. His work is represented in the collections of The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Overseas League and The Cartin Collection as well as in private collections in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA.







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