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Michael Oelman was born in Llandudno, Wales, in 1941.


1960 to 1964

Michael studied fine art at Reading University graduating with a B.A.Hons.(Fine Art).


1964 to 1965

He then studied etching and lithography at the Central and Slade Schools of Art (part-time).


Michael was awarded a French Government Scholarship to study at at S. W. Hayter’s in Paris

1967 to1969

Lecturer in Printmaking at Doncaster College of Art, Yorkshire, and his work handled exclusively by Gorner & Millard Art Gallery.  His work was later also handled by Anderson O’Day and Christies Contemporary Arts. 

During the early 1970s he was an artist at New Crane Studio, Wapping, London.

Since 1979 he has lived in Suffolk, England working from his own studio.

Between 1962 and 1966 Michael received the following awards:  

1962 Henry and Mary Williams Memorial Prize

1963 David Murray Landscape Award 

Royal Academy Summer Bursary

One-man Exhibitions:


Oldham City Art Gallery

Compendium Art Gallery, Birmingham

Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol


Gorner & Millard, London


British Council, Aberdeen, Athens and Australia


Group Exhibitions:


Stedalijk Museaum, Holland

Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

Art for Schools, London



Imperial College, London

Art for Schools, Belfast

The Yarrow Gallery, Oundle



Nottingham Playhouse

Leeds Playhouse


Michael’s work is also to be found in most educational loan collections in Britain as well as the following galleries and museums:

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

British Museum, London

Tate Gallery, London

Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Stoke-on-Trent Education Committee

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

Liverpool university

South London Art Gallery

Camden Library

Greenwich Library

Ferens, Hull

Northern Ireland Arts Council

British Council


Public Art Galleries in Doncaster, Hull, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Keighley, Dudley, Aberdeen, Bath, Bolton, Brtighton, Exeter, Hereford, Middlesborough, Northampton, Oldham, Sunderland, Warwick, Worcester and Wigan

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