Born in Manchester in 1959, Michael Wood studied Art & Design at Stockport Art College and began his career as a designer illustrator in Manchester. He left advertising in 1983 to concentrate on fine art and in 1989, began exhibiting work and painting full time.
His first solo exhibition was held in 1990 at the Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester, followed by another in 1993. He has exhibited at Manchester Academy of Fine Arts; Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions; Salford Art Gallery; Lienellyn Alexander Gallery, London; Salthouse Gallery, St Ives; Manchester Connections Exhibition 1992; The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, and Stockport Art Gallery.
Michael has painted in acrylic and oils but is probably best known for his use of pastel. His work shows the desire to remove unnecessary detail and displays an incredible sense of light and its effects. His images have gradually become more and more simplified, reducing everything to its most basic form until only the essentials remain.