Michael Tierney has exhibited and sold nationally and internationally. In 2014 a selection of his work was exhibited in the Saatchi exhibition “Spring Fever” at the Hyatt Regency in London and as a runner-up for the 2015 Smirnoff Winter Pride Art Award his work was chosen for exhibition at Lacey Contemporary. In June 2016 his work was selected as Image of the Week in The Guardian newspaper where his work was published alongside Internationally renowned artists including Antony Gormley, Wolfgang Tillmans, Michael Craig Martin, Rankin and Eva Rothschild as part of the Stronger In Europe poster campaign. His work has been published in both The Royal Academy’s website, and Dazed.com. The Wall Street Journal has called hims “a rising star”.

Tierney’s artwork celebrates and reflects 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 videos and new technology.

The ambiguous landscapes of his complex compositions are based upon places once visited, as memories, impressions, or snatched glimpses from a window whilst passing through unfamiliar terrains. Inhabited by a bizarre menagerie of characters and creatures, miscellanea and symbols plucked from reality, myth and the artist’s imagination, Tierney’s flotsam and jetsam appears to be in a fight for recognition and space like the shiny knick-knacks and toys piled high on the overstuffed shelves of a souvenir shop. Incorporating acrylic, emulsion and pastel, Tierney’s mixed-media, unique visual mash-up of ideas and simulacra is expressed through a vibrant use of colour and technique, where bold graphic lines and shapes merge with the naïve and dramatic. Encapsulating multiple narratives, sometimes dark and often humorous, this juxtaposition of the familiar with the alien creates a tension between reality and euphoric fantasy, conceptualizing a frenzied and chaotic world in which we can often feel over-stimulated and disorientated.

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


  1. Damn Magazine (Issue 72)-  interview, April/May/June 2019 WEB LINK

  2. Jimon Magazine - Interview, March 2019 WEB LINK

  3. RiseArt, September 2016 WEB LINK

  4. The Wall Street Journal, June 2016, WEB LINK

  5. Royal Academy, June 2016. WEB LINK

  6. The Guardian, Image of The Week. June 2016 WEB LINK

  7. The Guardian, 2nd June, 2016. WEB LINK

  8. Dazed and Confused online, June 2016. WEB LINK

  9. It’s Nice That, Jun 2016 WEB LINK

  10. Britain Stronger In Europe, 2nd June, 2016 WEB LINK

  11. Mutant Space, (Artist Feature), January 2015. WEB LINK

  12. Blonder Ambitions, (Artist feature), December 2014, WEB LINK

  13. Lacey Contemporary, (Exhibition and artist feature), November 2014, WEB LINK

  14. Phoenix Magazine, (Exhibition and featured painting) Spring 2014, WEB LINK

  15. Wealden Times (featured painting), January 2014, WEB LINK


  1. EAST SUSSEX OPEN, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, 11th July - 20th September 2015

  2. SMIRNOFF WINTER PRIDE ART AWARDS, Lacey Contemporary, London, 18th - 29th November 2014

  3. SPRING FEVER, EMERGING ARTISTS FROM SAATCHI ART, Hyatt Regency, The Churchill, London, 27th March - August 2014

  4. COASTAL CURRENTS OPEN STUDIOS, Alfred street, St Leonards on Sea,  21st, 22nd & 28th, 29th September 2013

  5. NATASHA AT HOME,  Great Western Studios, London, 4th - 11th May 2012

  6. BENTLEY’S Fine Art Auctioneers, Modern and Contemporary Art Sale, 8th & 9th March 2012

  7. SUBMIT2GRAVITY  "You are not in control", Netil House, London. June 23rd - 7th July 2011

  8. SECOND LIFE, Group exhibition, Hastings Arts Forum, November 2008

  9. SKYLON, Group exhibition, Skylon, St Leonards on Sea, September 2008

  10. SPACE TIME PLACE, Group exhibition, Pine Gallery, Hastings, February 2008

Selections and Nominations

  1. Shortlisted for the Rise Art Prize 2018

  2. Runner-up, Smirnoff Winter Pride Art Award, October 2014

  3. Finalist (juried vote), Saatchi Online, Places and Spaces Showdown, Oct 2012,

  4. Finalist, Saatchi Online, Collage Showdown, Jan 2012, WEB LINK

  5. Selected for “Apocalypse Now” exhibition at Marzia Frozen, Berlin, Dec 2011

  6. Selected for “Contemporary Art for Christmas” exhibition at the Lloyd Gill Gallery, Nov - Dec 2011

  7. Shortlisted for the “Art of Giving” exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, September 2010

  8. Nominated for the Vincent Lines Trust Award in Creative Excellence (college award), June 2009

  9. Nominated for the Vincent Lines Trust Award in Creative Excellence (college award), June 2007

Education                                                  Qualification

Brighton University                                BA Fine Art

September 2009 - June 2010               Grade: First Class (Hons)

Brighton University                                FDA Fine Art Contemporary Practice

September 2007 - June 2009               Grade: Distinction

Hastings College of Art                         Diploma in Foundation Studies

September 2005 - June 2007               Grade: Distinction


  1. University of Brighton Scholarship, October 2009

  2. University of Brighton Scholarship, October 2008

SPRING FEVER, Emerging Artists from Saatchi Art, Hyatt Regency, London

March 27th - September 2014