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Mike first studied architecture at the University of Bath, and then worked for many years as an architect in Bristol, where he established his own practice in 1986. After retiring from architecture, he went on to study art at the University of Gloucestershire, gaining a BA Fine Art degree in 2013. Mike now lives and works as a practising artist in Cheltenham.
The primary focus of Mike's work is the perception of places; places that he knows, places remembered, and places visited. He seeks to explore and develop his own visual interpretation and mark making, using sketches, paintings and photographs as source material.
Mike's current work is mainly painting in oils, which often starts as a detailed pencil drawing made directly onto board or canvas. Whilst the ultimate image may bear little or no resemblance to this starting point, it is nevertheless a meaningful part of the final work. His subject matter is mainly the urban landscapes of Cheltenham and Bristol. Other sources of inspiration come from trips abroad, where the experience of different cultures provides stimulating opportunities for new work. The energy in Mike's work reflects the subconscious relationship that exists between humans and their environment - an innate spiritual bond to landscape and buildings that is the essence of place.
Mike has regularly exhibited in Cheltenham since 2012
FRESH: Art Fair, Cheltenham, 2017, 2018
Selected for the Broadway Arts Festival Open Exhibition, 2014 & 2016 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, 2014 , 2015, 2016
Selected for the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, 2015
Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition 2020
“ESSENCE OF PLACE” by Mike Duckering. Published in 2017 by International Publishing Network. Recording Mike’s first three years of developing his practice as a professional artist.