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Creative Paddington: Michael Herron

By Lola Pinder


Michael Herron is a Sydney-based artist, specialised in drawing and painting. He studied a Bachelor of Art at UNSW A&D (then the City Art Institute) from 1986-88, before receiving the Sydney Morning Herald Travelling Art Scholarship, as well as the Dyason Bequest from the Art Gallery of NSW, allowing him to set off to the Mora Dyring Studio at the Cite Internationale de Artes in Paris. From here Herron honed his painting skills, often en plein air. 

In his more recent paintings he explores the convergence of culture and nature; the affects of the human hand in scenes of landscaped wildlife, manicured gardens and holiday caravan parks. Herron reflects on the duality of nature’s harmony and modern intervention in the landscape as he expressively depicts elements of both abstraction and realism in many of his canvases. His abstract landscape painting portrays deep meditations on the colour and space of the Australian landscape.

Michael has been teaching painting and drawing for the past 17 years, including classes at the Workshop Arts Centre, Willoughby Arts Centre, Australia’s Drawing Trail Festival, Wild Valley Art Park, Blacktown Arts Centre and the Art Gallery of NSW. 

Herron was represented by Paddington Gallery from 2005 until last year and exhibited in several solo and group shows throughout this period. In 2013 he also exhibited, The Abstract Heart at the Butchers Hook Gallery, William St, Paddington. Herron has shown at Tim Olsen Gallery in Paddington and Woollahra, as well as the Paddington Terrace Gallery, First Draft Gallery, Watters Gallery, The National Trust Garden Everglades, The Art Gallery Ballarat, The Woodford Academy and the S. H. Ervin Gallery.

Last year Herron was included in S. H. Ervin’s group show Utzon’s Opera House, alongside Lloyd Rees, William Dobell, Brett Whiteley, Martin Sharp, John Olsen, Peter Kingston and Ken Done. In 2014 Herron was also accepted into the NSW Parliament Plein Air painting prize.

This post is part of the Art Month Event Creative Paddington taking place on March 7th in conjunction with Metro Screen and UNSW Art & Design.



Image © and courtesy Michael Herron.