Mike Lewisohn

He began to work as a printmaker in London in 1983. Two years later he was awarded a painting scholarship to the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen.
At the time, contemporary art in Denmark was influenced by Neo-Expressionism and he experimented in figurative symbolism using bold marks and strong colours. On his return to the UK in 1986, he moved to Bristol. It was an exciting place and time to be an artist. His painting underwent a process of reduction and became more abstract. He used organic forms that were based on the patterns found in natural world. Environmental symbolism played a role where arcs, trees and seeds became constant themes in his work. His paintings became a celebration of the rhythms and beauty of nature.

His move to Clare in 1996 represented a deep need to be immersed in the natural world. It’s sheer beauty and timeless qualities had he bewitched. His art continued, and in 2006 he began a four year photography project based on a study of the natural surfaces of Clare. He combined pairs of photographs, the patterns in each one effecting the other. He travelled around the county exploring and recording it’s huge variety of surfaces. A book of images resulted, entitled, Clare; A detailed look at the Natural Surfaces of Co. Clare.


1992 Sue Williams Gallery, London – paintings

1991 Gallery 10, London – paintings

1990 Castberg Fine Art, London – works on paper

1990 Theatre Royal, Old Vic, Bristol – paintings

1990 Sue Williams Gallery, London – paintings

1986 Royal Academy of Art, Rabskaelderen, Copenhagen –

2016 Glór Gallery, Ennis  ‘Green, 40 Shades of Clare’ 

2009 Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Mountshannon, Co.Clare

1995 Kilvert Gallery, Hay on Wye, Wales

1994 London Contemporary Art Fair. Represented by Sue Williams Gallery

1994 Kilvert Gallery, Hay on Wye, Wales

1994 ‘Friends of the Tate’ exhibition, Truro, Cornwall

1992-1987 Lynne Stern Associates, London

1992 Still Price Court Twivy D’Souza Lintus Ltd, London

1991 Glen Wickham Gallery, London – Amnesty International

1991 Praxis Gallery, Bristol – ‘Three Painters’

1991 Olympia International Art Fair, London

1988 Allsop Gallery, Bridport – ‘Two Painters’

1987 Barbican, London, Athena Art Awards

1987 Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol – ‘Three Painters’

1984 Booth House Gallery, nr Huddersfield


2011 ‘WISEWAYS’, for Raheen Hospital – book design, type layout & pre- production

2009 ‘CLARE; A Detailed Look At The Natural Surfaces Of Co.Clare’ – A book of my

own photographs and graphic images. Book design, type layout & pre- production

2006 ‘The Geometry of Symbols’, A publication where I examine their forms and refer to

their application and universality


2002-2006 L.I.T Limerick School of Art and Design-

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Graphic Design; Grade; 2:1

(Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, InDesign CS)

Bachelor of Arts: Design in Communications; Pass with Merit –

1992-1993 South Bristol College, City & Guilds – Teaching Certificate

1985-1986 Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen – Painting Scholarship

1978-1982 Epsom School of Art – Higher National DiplomaWORK

2018-2008 Glór Gallery, Ennis – exhibition hanger

2017 Joint selector for ‘Halcyon Days’ exhibition at Glór Gallery, Ennis

2010 City Museum, Ennis – hung photo archival exhibition for Clare county council

2008 ‘CELT’ (Centre for Environmental Living & Training) – Logo Design

1996-1993 The Gallery, Bristol – member of steering and selection committee

1995-1987 Employed by Bristol University to teach Art and Graphics at Bristol Prison

1993-1991 Arnolfini, Bristol – training courses for teachers of art and design

1992-1988 Youth Education Service, Bristol – Training Supervisor of Art, Design & Printmaking

1990 ‘Emergency Radio Music Station 99.9FM’, Bristol – graphic design and poster

1988 ‘Amnesty International’, London – top selling T-shirt design

1986 ‘Werner Music Recording Studios’, Copenhagen – large mural for recreation area

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