top of page


"Respair to me represents a release; a coming out of lockdown, of hiding, of inauthenticity in my life

and work and ultimately a crazy colour celebration of life." - Michael F. Rumsby

Painted from Rumsby’s home and studio in Saussignac France, Respair builds on work that was started in the 2020 lockdown (when leaving one’s home was strictly policed) and marks a new direction into still life. Bold and considered, the paintings pulsate with colour and light, reflecting on a long-awaited return to hope after a period of despair, and showing an increased energy with explosions of blossoms and maximum expression. The narrative flickers between the way we experience the past and present all at once; dotted with family heirlooms, antiques and new collectibles to create a nostalgic scene of that was then and this is now.

"One of The Best Art Exhibitions in London in 2022"

"A must-see exhibition”

bottom of page