Durning, Michael PPAI PAI

Elected to RSW 2014

Artists Statement

I find a stark beauty in the monuments of our pas, the physical co-ordinates of our lives and of our indigenous culture. Taking what is seen as urban blight out of its context to create images of broken architecture examining cultural historic and political change.
I find more broken monumentality in the mountains - formations scoured by wind and rain, grinding weather systems that dissolve the landscape into spectacular form.


Although born in Irvine I received a thoroughly East Coast art education. I studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Grays School of Art and through the RSW I had the opportunity of a Hospitalfield Residency in Arbroath. Returning to the Wast Coast I was a WASPS tenant in Irvine. Having been involved with many exhibiting societies since art school I became President of Paisley Art Institute in 2011.


RGI David Cargill Award - 2012
PAI John Green Fine Art Award - 2014
PAI The Malcolm Award - 2012
L’association Charles Rennie Mackintosh en Roussillon, Residency 2010
Glasgow Art Club Fellowship - 2008

Selected Exhibitions

Paisley Art Institute - Past and Present - 2013
House for an Art Lover, Solo Show - 2012
Frontier Alliance Francaise, Glasgow - 2011
Frontier, Roger Billcliffe Gallery - 2010
Ancien Marie, Collioure, France - 2011
5, Roger Billcliffe Gallery - 2010
Ayrshire Artists, Smithy Gallery, Group Show - 2012
Ayrshire Artists, McGill Duncan Gallery, Group Show - 2012

Public Collections

Royal Scottish Academy
Countess of Wemyess and March
Karmoy Kommune, Norway
Municipality of Collioure, France
North Ayrshire Council
Dundee Port Authority

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