Michael Fairclough was born in Lancashire in 1940. He studied painting at the Kingston School of Art on the outskirts of London from 1957 to 1961. Fairclough was recognized early in his development, first winning the David Murray Award for Landscape, at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1960; then the British Institution Fund Award for Engraving in 1961. Upon graduation he taught from 1962 to 1964 at the Belfast School of Art and was then given a two-year scholarship from 1964 to 1966 as the Rome Scholar in Printmaking. He became an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers in 1964, and after spending time in 1967 at Hayter’s Atelier 17 in 1967, eventually was made a Fellow of the Royal Society. Until about 2012 Michael Fairclough would regularly have one-man shows for his paintings, mostly in England. His work is almost exclusively made up of sky and cloud studies. While colors in his paintings are often bold and rich, his aquatints are more akin to watercolors with translucent hues using the luminosity of the paper to bring out the light, which always plays an intimate role in Fairclough’s art.