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Michael Porter: Close to the Ground

Exhibition organised and toured by the Whitworth Art Gallery and Pomeroy Purdy Gallery

Mon 27 Apr – Sat 30 May 1992

Michael Porter lives and works in London but seeks inspiration from the countryside of Derbyshire where he was born. His large scale canvases are painted in the studio from memory, from photographs and from small gouaches painted outside in the landscape.

As the title of this exhibition implies, Porter’s work has a tightly concentrated focus that has been seen as a modern counterpart of Durer’s ‘Great Piece of Turf’. Porter’s landscapes strike a balance between abstraction and description and, in so doing, create an evocative sense of place.

Michael Porter was Artist in Residence at the National Gallery , London in 1983 and his work was included in the Mead Gallery group exhibition Singular Visions in 1989. Michael Porter will be in residence at the University of Warwick from 27-30 April 1992.

A number of paintings by Michael Porter were subsequently acquired for the University Art collection from this residency.