Michael Fullerton

Central to Michael Fullerton’s practice is portraiture although his work also includes printmaking and sculpture. Whilst his style references the 18th century portraitists Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds Fullerton is more interested in the political nuances of art and the aesthetics of persuasion. Fullerton’s practice expresses his long-standing interest in the theoretical aspects of painting and the act of looking and explores the relationships between information and knowledge, their dissemination and their physical existence. He is particularly concerned with issues surrounding the status and role of contemporary painting in a society dominated by the mass media, and the relationship between painting and the public domain.

His subjects are selected from figures that represent or are involved with strong ideological positions or institutions that gather and circulate information or evidence and make judgments. These figures include for example Anastasia Romanova, (the youngest daughter of Russia’s last tsar – Nicholas II executed in the Russian revolution, and a work that featured in the improtant 2011 British Art Show ‘The Days of the Comet’) Lady Cosgrove (the first woman to be appointed to the role of judge in Scotland’s Supreme Court), Paddy Joe Hill (the wrongfully imprisoned alleged Birmingham Six bomber) and Alan Turing (the developer of modern computer science).