Michael Canney


Michael Canney was born in Falmouth, Cornwall. From 1940 to 1942 he studied at Redruth and Penzance and at St Ives School of Painting. From 1947 to 1951 he studied at Goldsmiths College School of Art, London.


In different ways, Canney was immersed in artistic circles throughout his life. His mother was an amateur artist, and he was friends with Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton and Peter Lanyon in adult life, also collaborating with Barbara Hepworth. Canney lectured and wrote on the art of his time, too, his teaching including a post as Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1966 he was invited by Paul Feiler to join the staff at the West of England College of Art, where he developed his constructivist inclinations and his interests in the principles of mathematics and geometry.


His one-man shows included Newlyn Art Gallery in 1983, Prescote Art and Design in Edinburgh in 1984, and Belgrave Gallery in 1990. An exhibition of later works was held at the Fine Art Society in 2007. Plymouth City Art Gallery and several other public collections hold examples of his work.