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Michael Praed

Michael Praed is one of the most well-known contemporary artists in this part of Cornwall. He is a prolific painter, working mainly in oils and pastel, drawing inspiration from the Cornish countryside and people. It has been said that his style is an intriguing and sometimes disturbing combination of realism and abstraction, portraying the beauty of the landscape and seascape with a sense of unease almost with menace in a way that no other artist has achieved; farmsteads huddle together against an unseen enemy in a landscape devoid of living things. Deserted breakwaters curve pincer-like into an empty sea; engine houses rise from the ground like megaliths, half as old as time.

Born in 1941 from a long line of Mousehole luggermen, Michael Praed was educated at Penzance and Falmouth School of Art followed by Brighton College of Art. He is a member of both the Newlyn and Penwith Societies of Art and has exhibited widely, retiring from teaching in 1993 to paint full time. His work ranges from large paintings of landscape and sea to smaller images depicting familiar friendly scenes of Cornishmen at work; from long lonely beaches to the bustle of a fish market, but always illustrating his observational and technical skills as both a painter and draughtsman to marvellous effect.


Calm water, Mill Bay, Nanjizal

Making her approach

The gaps, low water

Inside the hardbour

Harbour shapes, incoming tide

Black boat coming in

Alongside the market

Across the harbour

Warm harbour entrance

Below the Crowns

End of the land (Enys Dodman and the Armed Knight

Engine houses above the beach

Michael Praed in his studio

The market

Safe harbour

Pedne to Porthcurno

Porthcurno to Pedne

Low water Treen

Winter Harbour, Mousehole

Leaning craft on the foreshore

Going out

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall admiring Praeds in our Roundhouse shop at 2 Temple Place 2013

 



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