Mike Healey was born in Brazil in 1951. He studied under John Cunningham at Glasgow School of Art, winning the Haldane Travelling Scholarship and the Leverhulme Travelling Scholarship.
In the early 1980s Mike Healey was appointed senior lecturer at Glasgow School of Art and worked there until 1997. He now divides his time between his Scottish art studio, painting trips and teaching at Lincoln University, where he was awarded a personal professorial chair in art and design in 2003
A popular colorist painter of rich still lives, Scottish landscapes, snow scenes and seascapes. Mike paints spontaneous ‘plein-air’ scenes in the Highlands and the Islands. He is a true painter of the Scottish School and has exhibited extensively throughout his career, in his native Scotland and in London, New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, Bermuda and Japan.
Mike Healey contemporary paintings display a rich quality and his use of vivid strong brushstrokes successfully captures Mike’s direct response to the elements he sees. Capturing the changing visual effect of nature on his surroundings is important to him. In Mike Healey’s words, ‘It goes beyond painting ‘ the scents, noises, the wind and sound of the sea. All these influences contribute to the act of painting.’
Mike Healey paintings may be found in several public, corporate and private collections worldwide, including Glasgow School of Art, the European Parliament, the Royal Mail, Woburn Abbey, Argyll and Bute Museum and Libraries, the Scottish Education Department, The Collection, Bermuda, under the patronship of HRH the Prince of Wales. Harvard Business School with the Bank of Scotland, Coutts Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland have all purchased several paintings for their permanent collections.