Michael Kirkman (b. 1986) is a painter and printmaker based in Edinburgh. He gained a MA from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and has already received prestigious commissions from Faber & Faber, the National Theatre and the Palace of Westminster.
He works in a variety of media including oil, watercolour, crayon, pencil and linocut and is a draughtsman of consummate skill. He captures moments in time which are simultaneously both every-day and extraordinary, creating an ambivalence and edgy presence for his characters. His choppy collaged technique, combining layers and compartments of different drawing styles, adds to the aura of uncertainty and the feeling that we are waiting for the story to unfold.