Strang worked from his home studio at Gulval near Penzance, and was a prolific landscape and floral painter and exhibitor. His paintings, St Ives Storm (c1992-97) and Towards Penzance, Twilight Mount's Bay 18 October, 1997, are both in the Penlee House Collection, Penzance. His paintings are often large, with paint thickly laid.
He exhibited widely and many of his paintings were acquired by private and public collections. One of his drawings, 'Auntie Marie's Last Sleep' is included in the Ashmolean collection, and his oil painting of St Martin-in-the-Fields now hangs on permanent display in the vicarage of the James Gibb-designed church which dominates the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square.
In 2006 'Cosmic Landscapes : Works inspired by G F Watts' was held at the Watts Gallery in Surrey. In this exhibition, Michael's paintings hung alongside those of Watts, who was dubbed 'England's Michelangelo' and widely lauded as one of the greatest Victorian painters.
He held solo exhibitions in Fowey, at The Cry of the Gull Galleries and at the Falmouth Art Gallery, and participated in group exhibitions around Cornwall, in London, Wales and the USA. Three of his paintings are held in the permanent collection of the Cornwall Council (Education).
Michael Strang died in Truro on 6th April 2021.
Painter in oils
works and access
Works incl: St Ives Storm; Towards Penzance, etc. both at Penlee House Museum;
Badger's Cross, Rising Moon (1990); Cot Valley, Sunset (1993); and Cyril (Mr Stevens) 1995, all at Cornwall Council
Cherry Blossom with Bees (1991) at Falmouth Art Gallery
2012: 'Effortless Brushstrokes', Falmouth Art Gallery 11 Feb - 14 Apr
2019: Summerhouse Gallery, Marazion (July)
STISA (2016-2021) - honorary member
Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership
WCAA Archive files