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Fire Escape, 2022, oil on board 122,5x175,5 cm

“The painted light in these works is not the light of Reason, nor is it the light of astrophysics;

 it is the light of intimacy... They don’t capture an outside light, they await light. 

And slowly, dimly, the act of waiting becomes itself light, an interior light” .

John Berger 2011



Born Braintree, UK 1977.


Studied painting at City of Bath College 1995-96 and Falmouth College of Art 1996-99.

Lives and works in London



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Michael Broughton, Drawing from Drawings, Tate Britain, 2010


2009-11   Research Residency, TATE BRITAIN

2007-09   Arts Council Award

2007         Residency at the PRADO, Madrid

2004         Arts Council Award


Selected solo exhibitions


2023   A piè del vero , Galleria Six, Milan

            The Foot of Truth,  Atelier 30 , Paris          

2020   NOEIN,  Galleria Six, Milan

2014   BEERWOLF, Art Space Gallery, London,

2012   BIG MOMENTS, Art Space Gallery, London,

            BIG MOMENTS, (Biennial), Hope University, Liverpool

2010   Drawing from Drawings, The Exchange, Newlyn

2009   INSIDE LIGHT , Art Space Gallery, London

2008   Recent Paintings, Winchester College

2007   The North Ship, Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives

2005   Recent Paintings and Drawings, Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives


Selected group exhibitions

2021  Inside The Mirror, Self Portrait, Galleria Six, Milan

2020   Relazioni Scomposte, Galleria Six, Milan

2017   Seeing Through Drawing, Mandells Gallery, Norwich

2016   Tu sais ce qu'elle te dit.. ma concierge? MUBA , Lille

2016   Grit, Mercer Chance, London.

2013   Extravaganza, Phantom Projets. Marginy-le-Châtel.

            Wonderful Days, Phantom Projets. Marginy-le-Châtel.

            Barba, Korridor 24b, Lille

2012   Amour Heroique, MUBA, Lille

2011   Flashback, Art Space Gallery London

2010   The Purposes of Drawing, Plymouth University

2007   Winter Journey, Art Space Gallery, London

            A Postcard From St. Ives, Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives

            ART 2007, London Art Fair,  Belgrave Gallery, London

2006   St. Ives Contemporaries, Belgrave Gallery,  London

            Places and Spaces, Belgrave Gallery St. Ives

            Art on Paper Fair, Royal College of Art, London

2005   Art Aid 2005, Royal College of Art, London

            Henri Matisse, Falmouth Art Gallery

            St. Ives Past and Present, Sherborne House, Dorset


2004   Still Life and Interiors, Lynne Strover Gallery

            Porthmeor Belgrave Gallery St. Ives

            Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art

2003    Four for Fore Street, Belgrave Gallery St. Ives

            A View of St. Ives, Belgrave Gallery St. Ives

2002    Mixed Contemporaries, Belgrave Gallery St. Ives



​2023   Andrew Dempsey, catalogue essay

2020   Sofia Silva , catalogue essay

2016   Seeing Through Drawing, John Christie

2017   A Jar of Wild Flowers, Essays in Celebration of John Berger

2016   London' New Generation of Painters, Dazed and Confused

2015   Portraits: John Berger on Artists

2014   Drawing Over is Drawing Under, Poems After Beerwolf, Isabel Galleymore

2014   Julia Beaumont Jones, Beerwolf, catalogue essay

2012   John Berger, Big Moments, catalogue essay

2010   ‘Drawing from Drawings’ Film, (5mins).    Tate Media

2009   The Week (review)

2007   Craig Burnett, North Ship, catalogue essay,

2005   Valerie Reardon, Recent Paintings and Drawings catalogue essay,

2004   Rupert Smith, The Guardian,

2004   Craig Burnett, The Guardian,

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