Greater Manchester UK


Manchester Local Artists (13)

The Michael Gutteridge Gallery
The Michael Gutteridge Gallery Logo

Car Park by the Ashton Canal
Car Park by the Ashton Canal

Lowry Hotel and Bridge
Lowry Hotel & Bridge

Lowry at Dusk
Lowry at Dusk

The Peveril of the Peak
The Peveril of the Peak

Manchester Skyline Lookeing North-East
Manchester Skyline Looking North-East

Michael Gutteridge

Michael Gutteridge - Local Artist
The Artist

Michael Gutteridge was born in Manchester, grew
up in Manchester, and now lives in Manchester, pretty much, therefore,
living the legend as appeared on the famous ‘identity’ T-shirts
of the Madchester era. Although he has painted all his life,
he only began to take it up more seriously in 2001, when, after
submitting a painting in the 2000 Open Exhibition at Stockport Art
Gallery, he was invited by them to present a full exhibition of
some 20 paintings the following year. Since then, he has continued
to develop and explore his own unique vision which involves trying
to capture some of the excitement and other emotions evoked by the
architecturally eclectic, peculiarly vibrant city he lives in. As
he says:

“‘Whenever I walk around Manchester
I get so excited by many of the buildings, streets and skylines
I see, that I at least want to photograph them, but more specifically
crave to capture some of that emotionally stimulating impression
in paint where I can represent more of it and less of the physical
actuality the camera records.
As a part of this process I put any reproduced scene through interesting
forms of derangement expressed via colour, brushwork, proportionality,
shapes, perspective, innate harmonious relationships, energy,
and an eclectic juxtaposition of styles. Basically, everything
short of throwing in the kitchen sink! Sometimes, I am specifically
trying to convey existentially disorientating feelings through
these techniques and other times just a general sensual vibrancy.”

As well as an organisation of colour, shapes,
angles, proportion, and techniques, he is interested in an elusive
quality he calls ‘nervous energy’, which he believes can be conveyed
by any given artist through brushwork in much the same way as everybody’s
handwriting is unique to themselves and expresses something of their
own personality and emotional state whilst writing it. More recently,
he has developed his ideas into a whole new area where the techniques
themselves assume centre stage.

“‘I am now preocupied with the act
of painting in its own right and therefore am not so much painting
whatever scene I see, but more painting an actual painting of
that scene, as though the art work itself and not the subject
matter, were the crucial thing.
Thus, visible brushwork may not necessarily be an attempt to paint
any given thing, but may be an attempt to draw attention to brushwork
and references to the art of painting itself.”

As well as being inspired by the City of Manchester itself, his
other influences include LS Lowry, Chaim Soutine, Carel Weight,
Edvard Munch, and even Walt Disney.
A selection of Michael Gutteridge’s work, including some of that
which was exhibited at Stockport Art Gallery in 2001-2, can be viewed
at the painter’s online gallery at

For further information or enquiries, he can be contacted by email


If you are, or know
of any local artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors,
etc) located or based in and around Manchester please let us know,
and if appropriate, we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly
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This page last updated 6 Mar 09.