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Born in 1961 in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Michael Braden began his career as a signwriter in 1978, working in the tropics at Darwin and in far-north Queensland. After returning to Sydney to work as a ‘pictorialist’ for Australia’s oldest and most respected sign company (Althouse & Geiger est 1875) he was invited to join the ‘Signwriters Guild of Australia’. It was there that he met fellow guild member and ‘Alice Bale award’ winner Keith Dewell who encouraged him to participate in ‘life drawing’ classes at the renouned ‘Julian Ashton Art School’ in Sydney where Keith was and still is, a highly esteemed tutor.
It was whilst painting a mural in the main street of Meekatharra, a small gold-mining town in the West Australian outback that he met the eccentric landscape artist Tam Ambrose. Having planted the seed of inspiration, Ambrose emboldened Michael to pursue fine art with a more serious-eye and with particular emphasis placed on his plein air painting. Since then Michael has been encouraged and tutored by some of Australia’s leading plein air painters.
A ‘painting road trip’ around America a few years ago was the key to a range of new experiences for Michael as a plein air painter that also drew him to the heart of the Californian plein air ‘art scene’ where the ‘quirky’ and ‘lively’ urban street and sea-scapes of southern California charmed, inspired and captivated his imagination.
Michael is represented by galleries both in Sydney (NSW) and Port Douglas (QLD) and his work is well represented in many private and corporate collections in Australia and Abroad.
“To me , painting is a journey I pursue seriously and yet enjoy immensley without thought of some destination or level that needs reaching, painting is a difficult and most rewarding challenge in which one is always learning.”