Michael Canning studied Sculpture at Limerick School of Art & Design, and at The School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece, after being awarded the Greek Government Scholarship. He completed an MA in Painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 1999. Michael is a Lecturer at the Department of Fine Art, at Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, and has taught on the Sculpture and Combined Media and Painting courses.
His studio practice addresses issues in painting, sculpture and printmaking surrounding the relationships between imagery and its meanings, matter and its transformations, history, memory and fact. He has worked on several printmaking projects since 2010 with Stoney Road Press, and Graphic Studio, Dublin where he was their 2011 Invited Artist. In 2007 Michael was awarded a Fellowship by The Ballinglen Artists Foundation. He was awarded the Hennessy Craig Prize by the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2005.
Selected recent exhibitions include Artists’ Rooms, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Language and Information, Waterhouse & Dodd, London, Things Go Dark, Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, and Interlude, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. His work is in private and public collections internationally, including Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, University of London, The National Self Portrait Collection at University of Limerick, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, and Limerick City Gallery of Art.
He lives and works in County Limerick.