Michael Pemberton (b.1974) is a painter based in Venice CA.
In 2006, Pemberton presented The Toxic Series his first solo exhibition in Mayfair, London at The Music Room Gallery. Large abstract works on Plexiglas panels painted with cut brushmarks and fields of colored tape locked in resin were concerned with toxicity and the ironic beauty of pollution. Several years of commissions from the London studio took him deeper into this way of working. In 2010, a relocation to New York shifted explorations into a new abstract language. This resulted in a body of work on canvas and paper; Inner Lands. Concerned with how abstract feelings and ideas translate from inner sensations to outer experiences. After some time between New York, London and Los Angeles, the studio permanently moved to Los Angeles in 2015. An investigation into the thirst for journey in our lives and the impermanence of the destinations, resulted in a series of large-scale paintings; Uninhabitable Land. These works were first shown in a solo exhibition in Los Angeles at Husar Fine Arts in 2015. Following in 2016 a series of large-scale abstract paintings and paper works, Forms of Ambiguity, explored the space between certainties and our fear of ambiguity and the indefinable. These works were shown at three LA galleries all operated by Husar Fine Art in 2016 & 2017. In 2018 an exhibition was shown at Chali Rosso Gallery in Vancouver of a series of abstract paintings; Inexactitudes. Additionally in 2018 a retrospective of abstract works from the previous four years was shown at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills. After fifteen years of working abstractly Pemberton made a shift into figurative painting in 2018. Deep threads of abstract thinking and exploration were retained but a growing need to work with human feeling was answered. Inner Human (2019-2020) is a series of paintings of non-realist, imaginary human form that call into question what is real and imaginary in our lives and asks if they, in fact, are interchangeable.
Michael Pemberton was educated at Chelsea School of Fine Art in London and later studied at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.