Michael Pierce was trained in the profiling art as a pupil of the late W. Ellis, a tutor at the prestigious Slade School. He is now the only full-time, practicing profile miniaturist with pupil/tutor links extending back to the 18th century. Because of his unique background, his work is in constant demand, and he travels extensively to his many clients both at home and abroad.
In 1977 he was invited to produce the silhouette profiles of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for the Silver Jubilee. This was followed by an exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London.
In 1990, together with a select group of authors and photographers, he produced the Limited Edition Fine Art Folio So Few, a book dedicated to all who fought with the RAF in the Battle of Britain.
Hand crafted to the highest possible standards, the 401 copies (priced at £1,600 each) were sold generating over one third of a million pounds for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Those who now own the books include HM The Queen and HM The Queen Mother. In 1992 Prime Minister John Major presented a copy to US President George Bush. This is now included in the collection of the Library of Congress in Washington.
In 1995, Michael Pierce was again part of the team which created the companion volume to So Few. Entitled So Many, this book is dedicated to all who served with RAF Bomber Command in World War II. The popular version of this Limited Edition Folio attained the WH Smith number 2 position in their ‘Non-Fiction Best Sellers’ list within a few days of publication.
Michael Pierce is acknowledged as the foremost master now living of the painted silhouette art. His work is avidly collected not only in the UK, but in Europe, the USA and the Far East. In 1992 he was elected President of the Society of Limners, and in 1996 received the Civic Award for his services to the City of Chichester. His work has recently been exhibited in London, Chartres and San Francisco. Country Life magazine has made him one of their elite ‘Living National Treasures’.
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