Stirling Street Stories: Meet the Artist – Michael Corr

Michael Corr is an award-winning contemporary painter and mural artist who works from his garden studio in Alloa.


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Michael Corr

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His work, which focuses on portraiture and figurative art, has been featured in both group and solo exhibitions across Scotland while his large murals can be seen around Glasgow, Falkirk, Edinburgh and Dundee. Michael, 34, has also spent time in Palm Springs, California where he painted an impressive portrait mural of singer Nina Simone.

Born in Campbeltown, Michael developed his love for art from an early age, enjoying the subject at school before moving to Dundee to study at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. He says: “I’ve always been interested in art and can remember it was something I gravitated towards and loved all through school where I took Higher and Advanced Higher Art. I then studied Graphic Design at College and it was a great and very intense course which has been invaluable in what it taught me.”

After graduating in Graphic Design in 2010, Michael began painting and drawing again gradually developing his unique and powerful style. He initially worked on his art on a part-time basis while also employed as a postman before launching his business full-time in 2018.

He says: “I really enjoyed the course but I knew I wasn’t a Graphic Designer at heart so I started picking up the pencils and brushes again. I also worked part-time as a postie which was the ideal job because I was up early in the morning for work and then had the afternoon and evenings to concentrate on my painting. It was a gradual process until I quit as a postie and started to work on my art full-time.”

Michael works with a range of mediums, including pencil, charcoal, watercolour, acrylics and oil paint, taking commissions for a wide range of clients and developing his personal artworks. His portrait subjects have included David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and comedian Billy Connelly and more details of his art, along with photographs, can be found on his website – www.michaelcorrartist.co.uk

 Michael, who lives in Alloa with his wife Nikki, was delighted to join the Street Stories project which will see his graffiti-style painting of Robert Burns displayed on the windows of The Works in Port Street. The portrait, originally commissioned by the SEC in Glasgow for their 2019 Burns Supper at London’s Banqueting House, shines an interesting and exciting light on Robert Burns.

The installation will highlight the bard’s past and poetry using Michael’s artwork as a modern way of bringing his story to life. It will include sound bites from a poem, Stirling Lines, which Burns etched on a windowpane of Wingate’s Inn (now the Golden Lion Hotel) in 1787.

The lines of the poem summed up how Stirling, from where the Stewart kings had ruled Scotland, had lost all power. Michael says: “It’s great to be a part of Street Stories and the location of my piece at The Works is perfect as it’s just round the corner from the Golden Lion where Robert Burns wrote his poem.

“I was really interested to see the visuals of how the Street Stories team have animated my portrait to include movement and sound and it looks amazing. I think the project will work well in Stirling and it’s really interesting to see such a varied mix of people and styles involved in the artworks.”

More details about Michael and his artwork can be found on Instagram – www.instagram.com/michaelcorrartist/ and Facebook – www.facebook.com/MichaelCorrArtist

Michael is also on Twitter – twitter.com/MichaelCorrArt

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