Working methodically across each canvas, section by section, Michelle creates colourful and complex worlds that each have a distinct logic and meaning
Michelle Roberts has drawn and painted throughout her life. As a young girl, she accompanied her grandfather, a landscape painter, creating artworks outdoors. She has maintained this drive to make work, spending much of her free time drawing small, intricately worked, images in her sketch books as well as ideas for the canvases she produces in the studio sometimes over many days and weeks.
Living in Bexhill with her parents, Michelle began working with Project Art Works in 2005. Since joining Mentoring Studios in 2009, she has refined a dense and highly personalized approach to image making. Working methodically across each canvas, section by section, she creates colourful and complex worlds that each have a distinct logic and meaning. Focussed, 1:1 attention has enabled her to communicate detailed narratives about these worlds and how they connect to her own life. Volunteering in a charity shop and assisting in a nursery, many of the people and experiences she encounters are directly translated into her work.
Michelle’s painting Musicians was one of six works chosen to be granted Award Winner status by Art Historian Roger Cardinal, performance artist Bobby Baker and ex-Director of Pallant House Gallery, Stefan van Raay as part of Outside In: National in 2012. The six winners were selected from 80 pieces in the show, which for the first time took place in the main spaces of Pallant House Gallery. Each Award Winner was given a solo show in the Studio as their prize.