Born in Cheshire in 1951, Michael Blake trained at Jacob Kramer Colledge, Leeds, and at Canterbury Colledge of Art where he was taught by Geoffrey Rigden and Thomas Watt, the Head of Painting, both important influences. Blake has taught at Canterbury College of Art, the National School of Art in Dublin and the Summer and Post Graduate Schools at Cyprus College of Art, set up by the painter Stassinos Paraskos. He currently works in a studio near his home in Wickhambreaux, Kent.
"...his images are mostly hard edged, reduced to a few areas and yet carrying a powerfull expressive charge. It is difficult to see how this has been achieved. The work seems nervy and exposed and yet the paint is mostly handled in a plain, matter of fact kind of way...." Cuillin Bantock, Exhibition introduction.
"...Blake's canvasses exploit colour to suggest mood..every shift of hue tells; nothing is added for the sake of effect.." Francis Spalding, Art Monthly.
"...His paintings reverberate with his experience beyond the experience of painting itself..." Peter Fuller, Artscribe.