Michael Tierney

Michael Tierney

St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, United Kingdom

About Michael Tierney

Michael Tierney’s paintings are a celebration of the diverse and multi-layered aspects of contemporary culture that surround and sometimes overwhelm us. His imagery is inspired by everything from travel, nature, science, history and religion to video games, pop culture and fashion.

The artist’s work is included in numerous private collections across the world. He has exhibited and sold both nationally and internationally and he has been featured in many newspapers and magazines.

Michael lives and works in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex.


BA Fine Art, Brighton University, 2010. Grade: First Class Honours.

University of Brighton Scholarship, October 2009
University of Brighton Scholarship, October 2008

Hastings College of Art, Diploma in Foundation Studies, 2007. Grade: Distinction


•EAST SUSSEX OPEN, TOWNER GALLERY, Eastbourne, 11th July - 20th September 2015
•SMIRNOFF WINTER PRIDE ARTS AWARD, Lacey Contemporary, London, 18th - 29th November 2014
•SPRING FEVER, EMERGING ARTISTS FROM SAATCHI ART, Hyatt Regency, The Churchill, London, 27th March - September 2014
•COASTAL CURRENTS OPEN STUDIOS, Alfred street, St Leonards on Sea, 21st, 22nd & 28th, 29th September 2013
•NATASHA AT HOME, Great Western Studios, London, 4th - 11th May 2012
•BENTLEY’S Fine Art Auctioneers, Modern and Contemporary Art Sale, 8th & 9th March 2012
•SUBMIT2GRAVITY "You are not in control", Netil House, London. June 23rd - 7th July 2011
•SECOND LIFE, Group exhibition, Hastings Arts Forum, November 2008
•SKYLON, Group exhibition, Skylon, St Leonards on Sea, September 2008
•SPACE TIME PLACE, Group exhibition, Pine Gallery, Hastings, February 2008

Selections and Nominations

•Shotlisted - Rise Art prize 2018
•Finalist (juried vote), Saatchi Online, Places and Spaces Showdown, Oct 2012,
•Finalist, Saatchi Online, Collage Showdown, Jan 2012, http://www.saatchionline.com/showdown/finalist/showdown/9
•Selected for “Apocalypse Now” exhibition at Marzia Frozen, Berlin, Dec 2011
•Selected for “Contemporary Art for Christmas” exhibition at the Lloyd Gill Gallery, Nov - Dec 2011
•Shortlisted for the “Art of Giving” exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, September 2010
•Nominated for the Vincent Lines Trust Award in Creative Excellence, June 2009
•Nominated for the Vincent Lines Trust Award in Creative Excellence, June 2007