Michael Praed works from his studio near the village of Newlyn. Focusing on the harbours and fishing ports of West Cornwall, his paintings are concerned not only with visual detail, but with spacing and the positioning of abstract shapes. In his perfectly balanced compositions, the vertical and horizontal lines of harbour walls are contrasted with the softer, more curved forms of fishing boats, and his subtle use of colour and tone capture the luminosity of Cornwall's ocean light.
Michael Praed was born in Cornwall in 1941 and studied at the Penzance and Falmouth Schools of Art. He taught painting and drawing in Penzance for nearly thirty years before leaving to concentrate full-time on his own painting, working in oil, gouache and pastels. He now lives and works in Newlyn. Michael's paintings have been exhibited widely in the UK and abroad for over forty years; he has held solo shows in Cornwall, London and across continental Europe. He is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists and a former Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists.