Michael Brennand-Wood

Stars Under Foot-Slow Reveal 2008

Michael Brennand-Wood is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles. A defining characteristic of his work has been a sustained commitment to the conceptual synthesis of contemporary and historical sources, in particular the exploration of three-dimensional line, structure and pattern. He has persistently worked within contested areas of textile practice, embroidery, pattern, lace and recently floral imagery. Sites, which offer unbroken traditions, cross cultural interventions and a freedom to work outside the mainstream. He believes that the most innovative contemporary textiles emanate from an assured understanding of both textile technique and history.
Michael has explored and developed his own techniques inventing many new and imaginative ways of integrating textiles with other media. Examples of Michaels work can be seen in major public, corporate and private collections worldwide.
Recent work inspired by traditions of floral imagery have utilised computerised machine embroidery, acrylic paint, wood, glass and collage. Exploring the illusionary space between two and three dimensions, these works are colourful, dramatic, rhythmic and holographic in feel with intense detail that merges at a distance into strongly optical configuration. 

Born 1952, Bury, Lancashire

1975-1977 M.A. Textiles, Birmingham Polytechnic
1972-1975 B.A. (Hons) Textiles, Manchester Polytechnic
1969-1972 Bolton College of Art

Selected Exhibitions
2008 Transition and Influence, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
2007 Finding Lost Values, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea.
The Flower, Galerie Handwerk, Munich.
A Field of Centres, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield (solo)
A Field of Centres, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (solo)
Collect, The Grace Barrand Design Centre, V & A  Museum ,London.
2006 Radiant, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL)
Art of the Stitch, Embroiderers Guild
Depth of Field, MAC Birmingham
Gilt Trip, Grace Barrand Design Centre (solo)
2005  Transformations: the Language of Craft, National Gallery of Australia(AUS)
Art Embroidery, Pfaff, K and S show, London
Revealed, Nottingham Castle Museum
Drumcroon North West, Survey Exhibition
Flower Power, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Gilt Trips ,Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL) (solo)
Collect, Grace Barrard Design Centre, The V & A Museum, London.
A Field of Centres, Harley Gallery, Ruthin Gallery, tour (solo)
Axis Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Grace Barrard Design Centre, Surrey.

2007 New Onocology Wing, leeds.
2004 East Winter Garden, Canary Wharf Group PLC
2004 Royal Aberdeen, Childrens Hospital, 2 site specific Kinetic Works.
2002 Study Gallery, Poole, Dorset
2000 Bankfield Museum, Halifax

Selected Public Collections
ABN Amro Bank, Holland
Bedfordshire County Council
Contemporary Art Society
Crafts Council
Robin Gibson Architects Brisbane, Australia
Hove Museum and Art Gallery
Kyoto City University of Arts (J)
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (J)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (Aus)
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Nottingham Castle Museum
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (Aus)
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (J)
Victoria & Albert Museum




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