Mike Duckering first studied architecture at the University of Bath. He worked for many years as an architect in Bristol, establishing his own practice in 1986. After retiring from architecture, he went on to study art at the University of Gloucestershire, gaining a BA Fine Art degree in 2013.
The primary focus of Mike’s work is the perception of places; places that he knows, places remembered, and places visited. He seeks to develop his own visual interpretation and mark making, using sketches, paintings and photographs as source material. Working in oils built up in layers, his paintings often start as pencil drawings made onto board or canvas. The ultimate image may bear little resemblance to this starting point, but it remains a meaningful part of the final work.
The urban landscapes of Cheltenham and Bristol are his regular subject matter, with other sources of inspiration coming from trips abroad, where the experience of different cultures provides stimulating opportunities for new work. Through the energy of his paintings he seeks to capture that innate bond between humans and their environment.
Mike exhibits regularly with Hadfield Fine Art and at other venues, including:
- FRESH: Art Fair, Cheltenham, 2017 & 2018
- Broadway Arts Festival Open Exhibition, 2014 & 2016
- Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, 2014 & 2015
- Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, 2015