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Michael Reynolds

(1933-2008), Artist

Artist of 1 portrait
Michael Reynolds studied painting at Brighton College of Art. He has been a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters since 1977. In 1989 he founded The Discerning Eye, an independent annual exhibition to promote the work of unrecognised artists. He has won various prizes including the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2003 exhibition, his winning portrait was also exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in summer 2003. His numerous commissions include portraits of Cyril Cusack, Paul Eddington and Brian Sewell. Michael Reynolds divided his time between the Netherlands and Italy.

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Bernard Haitink, by Michael Reynolds - NPG 6719

Bernard Haitink

by Michael Reynolds
oil on board, 2004
NPG 6719


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Nicola Hammond

16 February 2020, 16:47

He used to teach painting in the Beckenham area around 1970’s. My grandmother so enjoyed those classes.

richard Moore

07 July 2015, 13:35

For some time he lived in Crystal Palace South London. I remember him well as he drank in my pub. He was addicted to painting and when he did not have a commission he would paint anybody he found interesting perhaps just to pass the time, but my own view was that he more interested in people and the personality traits he could find in person so that he could transpose these into a portrait. Indeed he painted a full size portrait of my father which was exhibited in the Mall Galleries at the annual RPS exhibition. he spent days talking and drinking with my father and it only took him a day to actually paint the portrait. He also painted and drew many members of the local pub community. He always stated that anybody could paint a portrait in as a likeness to the visual image like a photograph but few could project the character of subject.

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