Michael Finn (1921-2002)
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Artificial Horizon by Michael Finn
Artificial Horizon. c. 1983/4 Sold
Cut Diagonals by Michael Finn
Cut Diagonals. 1987 Sold
Diagonal Drift by Michael Finn
Diagonal Drift. 1984
Grey with Blue Horizontal by Michael Finn
Grey with Blue Horizontal. 1996 Sold
Sea Sky Bands by Michael Finn
Sea Sky Bands. 1998 Sold
Untitled Construction by Michael Finn
Untitled Construction. c. 1965 Sold


1921 Born Addlestone, Surrey, 7 July. (His father was an architect) 1938-42 Studied at
Kingston Art School
1942 Joins Royal Air Force and begins pilot training in Canada
1943 Gains 'wings'; assessed as above average pilot and completes further twin engine
training on Hudsons. Returns to UK and marries ex fellow art student Cecily (Cely) Bailey
on 18 December aged 22
1944/45 Converts to Dakotas. In summer joins 512 Sqn and becomes opera onal at me of the advance
into Normandy. Support ying across northern Europe with Transport Command including
the Arnhem operations
1945/46 271 Sqn - as war in Europe ends - general theatre support then flight testing Dakotas - on
standby for Far East campaign. First child born. War ends
1946 June - completes last ight and leaves RAF
1946-49 Studies at Royal College of Art under Carel Weight R.A.
1949-58 Teaches at Somerset College of Art, Taunton. Exhibits at Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1958-72 Principal, Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall. Builds reputation of the school nationally as a
leading art school and becomes friends with many of the St Ives artists, most notably
Barbara Hepworth,Patrick Heron, Bryan Wynter, Peter Lanyon, Terry Frost and Denis Mitchell
who became involved as visi ng lecturers or governors
1972-82 Appointed Principal, Bath Academy of Art (Corsham) and builds its reputation. Many leading
British artists become involved
1978 First solo exhibition at Festival Gallery in Bath (Paintings 1970-78)
1982 Retires from art education and moves with Cely to Tregeseal House, St Just, near Land's End.
Begins to paint full time. Elected member of Newlyn Society of Artists and Penwith Society of
Arts. Shows in mixed exhibitions at Newlyn and St Ives
1989-2001 Many solo & mixed exhibitions in Cornwall, London and elsewhere
2002 8 February-death of Cely 24 March Michael Finn dies at The Edward Hain Hospital, St Ives


1950s Showed in annual exhibitions at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1960s Showed regularily at Newlyn Art Gallery and with the Penwith Society in St Ives, and at
Plymouth City Art Gallery
1978 Festival Gallery, Bath (one-man exhibition)
1980s Mixed shows including Clarke Fine Art, Chiswick; Gordon Hepworth Gallery, Devon; Royal Albert
Memorial Museum, Exeter; Truro Cathedral; Newlyn Society of Ar sts at Newlyn Art Gallery and
Penwith Society, St Ives
1984-95 Wolf at The Door Gallery, Penzance
1987 Salthouse Gallery, St Ives ( one-man exhibition)
1988 Wolf at the Castle, Acton Castle, Penzance
1989 Newlyn Orion Gallery (one-man exhibition) with leaflet essay by John Halkes;
'A Century of Art in Cornwall', Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
1989-90 'New Icons', touring to Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Usher Gallery, Lincoln,
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
1990 & 93 Wolf at the Door Gallery, Penzance (one-man exhibition)
1992 'Artists from Cornwall', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1992-93 'Peninsula Journeys', touring to Quicksilver Place Gallery, Middlesex University, London and
Lanchester Polytechnic Gallery, Coventry
1993 David Messum Fine Art, Cork Street, London (one-man exhibition)
1994 Showcase, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro (one-man exhibition)
1996 'Now and Then', David Messum Fine Art, Cork Street, London (one-man exhibition)
1996 Exhibition of works installed in Truro Cathedral
1997 Great Atlantic Mapworks Gallery, St Just (one-man exhibition)
1998 Falmouth Art Gallery
2000 Great Atlantic Map Works Gallery, St Just
2001 Newlyn Art Gallery, major exhibition of paintings (one-man exhibition)
2001 Falmouth Art Gallery, major exhibition of sculpture (one-man exhibition)
2001 Northern Light Gallery, Huddersfield. Joint exhibition with Jeremy Le Grice
2007 Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, 'Selected Paintings' (one-man exhibition)
2008 Messum's, Cork Street, London 'Modern Painters of West Cornwall'
2009 Truro Cathedral, 'Waitng on God', paintings and sculpture
2010 Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, 'A Life in Art: Paintings and Sculptures 1946-2002' (one-man exhibition)
2016 Katharine House Gallery, Marlborough, 'Michael Finn and Friends'


The Tate Gallery;Cornwall County Council Schools Collection; University College Falmouth; Blackfriars Oxford;
Truro School Art Collection; Truro School Chapel; Church of Our Lady of the Portal, Truro; Truro Cathedral;
Royal Cornwall Museum; Plymouth City Art Gallery; Falmouth Art Gallery. Private collections in UK, Australia,
Canada, Sweden and Switzerland