Michael Hipkins is a painter and sculptor. He was born in 1942 and received his early art education at Blackpool College. He then went to Paris to study painting at the Academy de la Grande Chaumiere and also to the Academie Julienne. He later studied etching and engraving at S W Hayter’s Atelier 17. He became an Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 2003.
Many of his paintings are atmospheric and unashamedly nostalgic, many depicting areas in the north west of England. He has had one and two-man shows at Salford and Lancaster City Art Galleries, Atkinson, Howarth, Bury, Fylde and Harris Art Galleries, Harrod’s Picture Gallery and the Gallery Not, in London plus many private galleries in the north west. He has also taken part in numerous mixed exhibitions including Scottish Royal Academy; Thompsons Gallery, Gagliardi Gallery & Argile Gallery, London.
His sculpture is often quiet poetic. His shapes are simplified and usually follow gentle, flowing lines. He works with the character of the material, rather than totally imposing his will upon it. He often works in bas-relief but also produces totally three dimensional pieces and larger works for outdoors.