Biography

Michael Jules Lang is an inspired English artist. His professional career in IT took him all over the world, living for periods of time in Brazil, Canada and Africa; his sensibility wasn’t indifferent to the stimulating cultures he encountered: the warmth and the colours of Brazil in contrast with the pale and cold of Canada, were a source of infinite inspiration for the genesis of artworks.

Lang was born in London to an Anglo-French family that provided him with a bilingual education. Passionate about art since an early age, he started drawing and painting very early and rapidly developed an interest for classical art, since he was fascinated by the images of mythological heroes of ancient Greece. Supported by his family, it was his mother who took him to London's National Gallery in order to see for the first time the talents of famous Italian Renaissance painters, including Sandro Botticelli, his first artistic influence.

Lang’s academic education took him far from art, as he achieved degrees in IT, Physics and Maths, but his pure and strong interest for art motivated him to cultivate his talent, continuing to draw and paint, taking part and then running the University Art Club. After being divided between his art and science for years, Michael decided to fully engage in his real passion and consequently took art classes. He attended a foundation course at the Lavender Hill Studios Art School and the full course of the Virtual Art Academy, which he completed ahead of schedule, from which he gained a new professional approach to painting, studying  composition,  form,  colour, process, visual poetry and music. He was determined to learn as much as possible and was tutored by many practising artists, some of them at the Heatherley School of Fine Art, where he had the opportunity to practise with portraits and figures at life-classes; he also participated in workshops with various artists, where he developed his own style and technique.

Lang enjoys all genres but portraits are definitely his favourite because as he explained; “There’s a magical moment, if lucky, while painting a portrait when the jumble of coloured shapes suddenly transforms into the sitter”; he also paints interiors and intense landscapes. He uses oil paint for his artworks because “Its sheer lusciousness and ooziness is irresistible. Its versatility is more astonishing - intense or subdued colour, thin or thick texture, wet paint into wet or dry paint and more”. Lang likes to travel and be inspired by a new environment: his recent journey to India deeply influenced his new artistic creations. 

Exhibitions include:
 
Gagliardi Gallery
Llewellyn Alexander Gallery
Osborne Studio Gallery
Russell Gallery
Stafford Gallery At Wimbledon Fine Art
Chelsea Art Society 
Society of Fulham Artists and Potters
Royal Institute of Oil Painters (selected)
New English Art Club (pre-selected)
Royal Society of Portrait Painters (pre-selected)
Threadneedle Prize (pre-selected)
 
Prizes:
 
The Helen Wilson Prize, Heatherley Open Studio Exhibition
 

Artwork featured above"Looking Ahead with Headband" 40x30cm by Michael Jules Lang.
Photo: Artist Michael Jules Lang