In July 2017, a fascinating exhibition at the Summerhouse Gallery provided an insight into one of Cornwall’s most loved painter’s artistic process. Paper, Pencil, Paint sees a new collection of Michael Praed paintings placed side by side with the initial sketches that inspired them.
At the centre of this exhibition was the spirit of transformation. By placing a focus on the movement from paper to canvas, the exhibition highlighted the consistent techniques and vivid imagination that are integral to Praed’s sensitive but strong trademark style.
Those familiar with Praed’s work would recognise his undeniable ability to capture the magic of the Cornish landscape in a way that is his own. The strong near vertical lines are present on both paper and canvas. This provides a distinctive skeleton for Praed to build upon with a compassionate use of colour, shading and light.
Jayne Elliott, Director at the Summerhouse, said: “Since opening the Summerhouse Gallery, we have had a wonderful relationship with Michael. He is one of the county’s artistic gems and we are delighted to celebrate his wonderful work in a slightly different way. Paper, Pencil, Paint is both beautiful and insightful.”
Michael Praed has exhibited widely across the UK and internationally for the past forty years. He is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists and a former Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists. In 2012, the Summerhouse also hosted Timeless Cornwall, a retrospective of Praed’s works.