“Michael Praed went his own way, and became emblematic of the Cornish art scene.” Alex Wade, Cornwall Today
Michael Praed was born in Cornwall in 1941 and studied art locally at the Penzance and Falmouth Schools of Art. He taught painting and drawing in Penzance for nearly thirty years before leaving to concentrate full-time on his own artwork.
Michael’s paintings of the Cornish coastline, ports and fishing boats have a distinctive personal style and are instantly recognisable and well-loved by many. The strong, architectural lines that often pervade the work evoke those that are omnipresent in the granite cliffs and harbours of Penwith, providing a stark yet beautiful contrast to his softer brush strokes and colour palette.
Michael’s paintings have been exhibited widely in the UK and abroad for over forty years. He has held solo shows in London and across continental Europe to critical acclaim. He is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists and a former Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists.