Michael Norcross

Sunrise through the trees
(Room 10)
Line of geese waiting to be fed
(Room 10)
Dead and fallen trees
(Room 10)

215. A Glimmer of Hope (November Lockdown), Oil on canvas, 40.5 x 50.5cm, SOLD

216. The Pied Piper, Oil on canvas, 40.5 x 50.5cm, £550 unframed, £590 framed

217. Rapture, Oil on gesso panel, 20 x 20cm, SOLD


Fairground ride at night
(Room 5)
Fairground at night
(Room 5)
Fairground ride at night
(Room 5)

128. Forbury Gardens Fair: Sizzler Café, Oil on canvas, 46.4 x 64cm including frame, £595

129. Fair, King's Meadow from flooded Christchurch Meadows, Oil on canvas, 61 x 61cm including frame, £695 including frame

130. Forbury Gardens Fair: Skystars, Oil on canvas, 46.5 x 64cm including frame, £595

As day turns to night new characters emerge from the shadows. Our perception of public space changes completely. This transformation led me to attempt paintings based on my nocturnal observations and recordings. I was particularly interested in the way hard neon light contrasts with natural surroundings and how they evoke a heightened, dramatic atmosphere, and sometimes rather eerie feelings. Working on a black gesso ground in oils can be tricky. Before colour can be used under-painting white has to be employed first in the brighter parts of the composition. This is done in order to prevent colour-sink where colour is applied. However, a wonderful luminosity can be achieved.


Geese grazing on a green meadow
(Room 8)
Trees casting long reflections across a watery meadow
(Room 8)
A large walnut tree in full bright green leaf
(Room 8)

71. Christchurch Meadows: Winter Geese, Oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm, £2000 unframed

72. Reflections on Water and Ice: Christchurch Meadows, Oil on canvas, 64.5 x 54.5cm, £695 including frame

73. Caversham Court: October, Oil on canvas, 64 x 84cm, SOLD

Reading's parks and green spaces along the Thames and Kennet are special to anyone living in the area and I feel fortunate they are on the doorstep of my Caversham studio. In addition to exercise and relaxation they offer me a wonderful resource and an endless supply of subject matter and ideas for painting. The row of poplars bordering Christchurch Meadows have become icons which have found their way into many of my pictures over the years; and the meditative tranquillity of Caversham Court Gardens has become another favourite of mine. I have painted them in all seasons, times of day and weather, yet they never fail to offer new possibilities.


To contact the artist:



Mobile number: 07734441814

For more about the artist, see RGA Gallery page: Michael Norcross