Michael Chaitow | Curriculum Vitae
Michael Chaitow is a painter whose work has a symbolist quality through themes developed from Nature & Natural forms , as well as the Human Figure.
“His paintings share some of the form & Metaphysical concerns of William Blake “ Tim Hilton – The Guardian
Michael Chaitow studied at Central St. Martins school of Art ; where he studied with Cecil Collins ; after an initial few years working as a commercial artist in Advertising Agencies in London.
“ Your work is overwhelmingly strong , a very powerful vision “ Sister Wendy Beckett.
A further formative experience was a subsequent two-year Commonwealth Painting Scholarship in India .
His main influences are Hindu Stone carving , Christian Icons & artists such as Graham Sutherland , Francis Bacon & Cecil Collins.
Born: Hertfordshire, England
Telephone: +44 (0)1225 938958
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- 1963 - 1969 Commercial Artist in Advertising, working for three subsequent agencies whilst attending Art School P/T.
- 1969 - 1970 Completed Foundation course, Chelsea School of Art.
- 1970 - 1973 B.A. in Fine Art (Hons.) Central St. Martins School of Art.
- 1973 - 1975 Commonwealth Painting Scholarship, Baroda University, India.
Awards & Commissions
- 1971 Llewellyn-Smith prize for Painting.
- 1973 – 1975 Commonwealth Painting Scholarship, India
- 1996 Prizewinner, Honiton Open Painting Competition.
- 2007 Portsmouth Cathedral, 'The Corporeal Acts of Mercy'
- 1975 Baroda, India.
- 1976 'Image India', Camden Arts Centre.
- 1981 'Stone Tree and Torso', Christopher Hull Gallery, London.
- 1984 Recent Paintings, Christopher Hull Gallery, London.
- 1990 First Cardiff Festival, St. David`s Hall.
- 1991 St. James`s Gallery, London.
- 1992 Mertz Contemporary Art, London.
- 1996 Honiton Festival.
- 1997 Art'97, London Contemporary Art Fair (solo show within fair).
- 2001 Washington Oriel, Penarth, Cardiff.
- 2002 'Regeneration in Nature', St. Donat's Arts, Centre, Nr. Cardiff.
- 2005 'Studies from Nature', Gwyn Hall, Neath.
- 2005 'The Self in Nature' Bath Artists Studios Gallery, Bath.
- 2006 'The Corporeal Acts of Mercy' Portsmouth Cathedral.
- 2007 Studies from India, Drawings, Dylan Thomas Centre Swansea.
- 2008 - 2009 'The Corporeal Acts of Mercy' Santa Maria di Montesanto. Rome.
- 1982 'The Importance of Drawing' Farnham College of Art.
- 1982 'British Art - New Directions' Puck Building, New York City.
- 1983 Camden Annual.
- 1987 Piccadilly Gallery, Cork street, London.
- 1988 Walsh / Kay Contemporary Art, London.
- 1989 Open Studio, Acme Studios, Carpenter's Road, London.
- 1990 'The Cecil Collins Connection', Central St.Martins.
- 1991 'British Month' Roy Miles Gallery, London.
- 1992 Open Studio, Acme Studios, Acre Lane, London.
- 1993 Merz Contemporary Art, London.
- 1993 'The Eye of the Heart' tribute to Cecil Collins, Central St. Martins School of Art.
- 1994 'Welsh Open' Aberystwyth.
- 1994 Hunting / Observer Art Prizes, London and touring.
- 1995 'Spiritual Realists' Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff.
- 1996 'Stations of the Heart' The Cross Gallery, Pontardawe.
- 1997 'Spiritual Realists' Central Library, Cardiff.
- 1998 'Spiritual Realists' St. Botolph's, Aldgate, London.
- 1998 'Image and Essence' Cowbridge Old Hall, Wales.
- 1998 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
- 2001 'Welsh Artist of the Year', St. David's Hall, Cardiff.
- 2002 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
- 2007 William Blake 250th. Birthday exhibition , Blake Society London.
- 2008 Landscape of Angels 1` The Gallery, Mayfair, London.
- 2009 Bath Artists Society Annual Open Exhibition.
- 2009 Paintings from Wales . Santa Maria di Montesanto. Rome.
- 2011 Landscape of Angels 2' The Gallery, Mayfair, London.
- 2015 'Risen'! - Piano Nobile London & Monnow Valley Arts.
- 1979 'Arts Review' Michael Shepherd.
- 1984 'Arts Review' Denise Hooker.
- 1984 'New Times' Breta Carthy.
- 1990 'The Guardian' Tim Hilton.
- 1991 'Marxist Review' - 'Ancient Springs' Corina Lotz.
- 2007 `South Wales Echo` Drawings from India.
- Fifty Works Purchased by William Johnson Collection.
- Collection also of Murray Watts, Playwright.