Michael PORTER

Porter was born in Derbyshire and studied at the Chelsea School of Art, completing his courses there in 1972. Ten years later he was artist-in-residence at the National Gallery for a year. Following that he has travelled widely, painted and exhibited in Spain, Poland, around the UK, and held a solo show at the Tate St Ives in 2001 of his series of paintings depicting Gwavas Lake, Cornwall.

Mike Porter settled permanently in Cornwall, and opened his Newlyn studio in 1997, having visited Cornwall many times previously. His work is held in several public collections as listed below. In 2010 he was awarded Third Prize in the National Open Art Competition held in Chichester, Sussex for his painting Coastal Path.


Painter, mixed media

works and access

Illus in Cross 2002

Tate St Ives, Art Now Cornwall Artist Guide features small view of Issel Road 2005

Works incl: Seashore series; Gwavas Lake series; Between rocks No 3 (2002)

Permanent cols: British Museum, British Council, National Gallery//National Gallery of Australia.


2001: Exhibition: 'Gwavas Lake' Tate St Ives

WCAA Founding Art Auction (Donor) Queens Hotel, Penzance, April 2004

Solo Exhibition, The Exchange, Penzance

2007: Selected for Art Now Cornwall Exhibition, Tate St Ives 3 Feb-13 May

2010: Open Art Exhibition, NAG, Newlyn Arts Festival

2010: National Open Art Competition, Chichester (3rd Prize)


Borlase Smart-John Wells Trust Board

misc further info

WCAA file


Cornishman 11 Nov 2010 p 11: 'Newlyn artist wins prize in national competition'

Cornishman 18 Nov 2010 'Arts Festival begins with a bang' (Newlyn's 4th Annual Arts Festival), F Ruhrmund, reviewer

Cross (2002) Catching the Wave (photo likeness & illus)

Tate St Ives, Art Now Cornwall Artist Guide (2007, online) + illus

W H Lane Art Sales Catalogue 23/4/2004 WCAA