About Michael Tierney


1971 in United Kingdom

Lives and Works:

St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom


BA Fine Art - First Class (Hons), University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom, 2010


University Scholarship, University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom, 2009
University Scholarship, University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom, 2008

About the artist

Michael Tierney is a British painter whose ambiguous landscapes blend reality and fantasy, the familiar and the alien. The artist paints bizarre terrains inhabited by a hodgepodge of characters, shapes and symbols. We love the over-stimulated, almost chaotic feel of Michael’s work and while his landscapes do feel out of this world, there is no denying the parallels with the chaos of modern life.

Michael was awarded a scholarship to study art at the University of Brighton. Just four years after graduating, the artist’s paintings were included in the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Spring Fever’ exhibition. In 2016 the Wall Street Journal called Michael a ‘rising star’.

The artist has sold work both locally and internationally, and his paintings have been featured in The Guardian newspaper and on the Royal Academy and Dazed websites.

Adriana Marques

The Insider Adriana Marques says:

"Michael's bizarre menageries leave my eyes full and my brain spinning. These wonderful clusters, organised like exquisite painted collages, collide alien, computer and natural worlds. As our daily reality bombards us with so much stimuli, Michael selects the most humourous, random and chaotic characters to create somewhere entirely new. These works are the epitome of contemporary."

Michael Tierney

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