Bradford artist, Michael Munton (1976 – 2017), was a largely self-taught watercolour artist who gained a large global following for his online painting demonstrations and national recognition for his work with young offenders.
Michael showed artistic talent from an early age and trained at Holland in the Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique oil painting method, although he painted in other mediums, including watercolours. He shared his talents, including the wet-on-wet technique, with others, including local community groups, and in 1998, aged 22, received a Prince’s Trust Young Achiever’s Award from The Queen for his work teaching art to young offenders in Bradford.
In 2008, when he was 32, Michael was diagnosed with a brain tumour that progressively affected the right side of his body. He subsequently intensified his painting activities and in 2010 opened the ‘Natural Wonders’ gallery and studio in Idle, where he ran art classes and displayed his own and other local artists’ work. Michael also gained a worldwide following for his series of on online YouTube art demonstrations; see Micart33.
Michael’s work often featured the Yorkshire landscape. He told the Bradford ‘Telegraph and Argus’ (23/03/2010):
Painting makes me feel at one with nature… I’m always on the lookout and Yorkshire has some beautiful images for me to capture with my camera, then paint. I like to paint well-known places and put my own twist on them. I’m a fan of both contemporary and traditional styles and I’m inspired by artists like Turner, Constable and Bob Ross.
His artwork also won the admiration of Prince Charles when the Prince was presented with a painting by Michael at the Yorkshire Show. Toward the end of his life, Michael lost his speech and the use of his right arm and hand, but continued to determinedly paint using his left. He died in February 2017.
His paintings are now in private collections in the UK and overseas and Michael has been the subject of feature articles in the Bradford ‘Telegraph & Argus’ newspaper, the most recent in April 2017.
Artist’s Facebook Page at Michael Munton