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Michael Chaikin –Short Biography

Michael Chaikin was born in 1957 studied Medicine and was a hospital doctor for a while before falling in love with Sculpture. He then studied Foundation Studies at Eastbourne Art College, East Sussex, UK in 1986 then Fine Art at Falmouth Art College, Cornwall, UK (1987 - 1990) where he obtained an honours degree in Fine Art.
He taught sculpture at Hawkesbay University, New Zealand and then Joined Red Herring Studios in Brighton as a working sculptor. Exhibited in London, Brighton, Hamburg, Paris with numerous one man shows. He has showscurrently in London, Dubai, Chicago and Qatar.
Currently he has a 50 ft window display in Covent Garden, London.
He lived and worked in Brighton until 1999 then moved to Falmouth, Cornwall, UK to start his own studio complex in a derelict water mill which he renovated and turned into eight studios keeping the largest for himself.
Michael then went on to work with The Eden Project and a number of Theatre Companies making moving sculptures.
Movement is his great obsession. Most of the things he makes move in some way and it is his life’s work to strive to make sculptures that look beautiful when they are still and spectacular when they move.
Michael lives and works in Penzance, Cornwall, UK with his wife and two daughters.

His work is currently in the following countries and continents: Europe, Italy, Switzerland, Holland Germany, France
UK, Jersey, USA, Canada Australia, Dubai, Qatar Argentina, Brazil and many more.

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  • CV Michael Chaikin
    Born 1957 Kingston - on - Thames
    1976 - 1981 MBBS Medical Degree, Royal Free Hospital
    1986-87 Foundation Studies Eastbourne Art College
    1987 - 90 BA Fine Art , Falmouth Art College
    1991 - 95 Red herring Studios, Brighton
    1995-96 Tutor, Fine Art at Hawkesbay University, New Zealand
    1996 - 1999 Red herring Studios, Brighton
    1999-2006 Old Grist Mill Studio, Penryn, Cornwall
    2005-2006 MA , Falmouth Art College
    2006-present day White Caunce Farm Studios, Penzance.
    Exhibitions (a selection)
    Newlyn Orion Gallery graduate show 1991
    Brighton Open Exhibition (winner)1992
    Rye Art Gallery 1993 (one person show)
    Brighton, Gardner centre 1995 and 1996 (one person show)
    Brighton Corn Exchange 1997
    London Contemporary Art Gallery, Chelsea. 1997 (one person show)
    Peters Barn Gallery, Midhurst Surrey 1998 (one person show)
    King St Gallery, Mayfair, London 1998
    Hannah Peschar Outdoor Gallery1998
    Hamburg 2002
    Lemon Street Gallery 2003 and 2009
    Paris, Place de la Bastille 2003
    Campden Art Gallery 2006 , 2008 (one person show)
    London - chelsea town hall 2009
    Affordable art fair 2009
    Kestle Barton Arts, The Lizard, Cornwall 2010 (one person show)
    Majlis Gallery, Dubai, UAE. Feb 2011(one person show)
    Hogarth, 164 Shaftsbury Avenue, London July 2011 - present day
    "Fish Tank" - a 50ft street level window exhibition (one man show)
  • Commissions and other work
    Brighton Marina Large Mobile in Town square 1996
    Hampton Court Flower Show - sculpture1997 (winner of silver medal)
    Winner of competition to design clock for Farnham Town Centre, Surrey. 1998
    Eden Project, Cornwall- Five sculptures commissioned for opening in 2001
    Artist in residence - Torquay 2002
    Kneehigh Theatre set designer and fabricator 2003
    Falmouth Town Centre 3 pieces commissioned 2002 - 2004
    Forkbeard Fantasy: mechanical sculptures for “Frankenstein” 2004
    Massive Renovation project, Old Grist Mill, Penryn 2002 - 2007

    50ft window for Hogarth (WPP) in Shaftsbury Ave
    Window displays for Mulberry London
    display for the Cancer research Institute, S. Kensington
    Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
    Center For Advanced Eye Care, Florida
    Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Chicago, USA
    Aspira Katara Hospitality, Qatar.
    Etc Et

    TV
    Gardening programs - outdoor sculptures and fountains
    Blue Peter- sunflower sculpture
    Discovery Channel - Heron’s steam the first ever steam engine
    BBC Two (“Downshifters”)1996
  • Hundreds of Private collections around the World
    including Ellen Macarthur - the round the world
    yachts woman
 
mike chaikin med student 1981

Mike Chaikin at his graduation as
junior doctor (left) in 1981
And 20 years later with his
"field of sunflowers"
(above) at the Eden Project in 2001