Michael Freeman

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Michael Freeman

New Zealand

Michael Freeman (Biography)

Michael is an international award winning artist from New Zealand who has had a fascination with realism since childhood and his main medium is pastel. In his artwork he strives to create images that have greater depth and feeling than can be achieved with a photograph.

Michael is in the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS/MC), is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), and a Distinguished Artist of Pastel Artists of New Zealand (DPANZ), and has a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA).

Michael went to Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, to be a painter and left a product designer. However after a successful design career in 2010 he decided to return to his passion for painting.

Starting initially with acrylics, before discovering the wonderful medium of pastel – which suits his photo-realistic style and love of detail.

Michael’s subjects range from his current series of still life paintings featuring iconic New Zealand toys and objects, through - landscapes featuring  old weathered sheds, barns, railway carriages, windows and doors, old locks, and farm animals (mainly cows) – all inspired from photographic trips along New Zealand's roads.


Make Your Mark!                                                                August                      2020
Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC)
Online Show/Exhibition

2020 Pastel Society of America                                            July                          2020
48th Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance!
Online Show

1st Place Scapes                                                               August                     2020
The Pastel Society of Australia
On-Line Annual Exhibition 2020

3rd Place Still Life                                                             August                     2020
The Pastel Society of Australia
On-Line Annual Exhibition 2020

Distinguished Member PANZ                                           July                          2020

SUPREME AWARD  (Unison Cup)                                     March                       2020
Pastel Artists of New Zealand
(PANZ) National Exhibition 2020

(Purely Pastel PANZ National Exhibition)

Butler Institute of America Exhibition                                   December                2019

Youngstown Ohio

2019 Pastel Society of America                                           July                          2019
47th Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance!

Master Circle status with IAPS                                       June                        2019

The Maggie Price Award of Excellence                           June                        2019
in the 34th IAPS Juried Exhibition – The 2019  
IAPS Thirteenth Bienniel Convention,
Albuquerque, New Mexico

34th IAPS Tutors Exhibition – The 2019                               June                        2019 

IAPS Convention Pastel World Exhibition

SIGNATURE MEMBER  PSA                                               March                     2019 
Elected Signature Member of the
Pastel Society of America

Purely Pastel PANZ 18th National Exhibition                         March                      2019
Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford,  New Zealand

HONORABLE MENTION                                                     April                      2019 
Richeson75  Still Life & Floral                               
Online Exhibition - 'UFO's'

33rd IAPS Juried Exhibition – The 2018                                November              2018
Web Show

HONORABLE MENTION                                                      October                2018 
20th Annual Pastel 100 Competition 
In the Still Life + Floral Category
MERIT AWARD                                                                   April                     2018
PANZ 2018 National Exhibition

(Purely Pastel PANZ National Exhibition)

BRONZE AWARD                                                                December             2017
31st IAPS Juried Exhibition – 2017  
'The 2017 Web Show'       


Pastel Journal                                                                 June                       2019 

8 Page Feature Article  -  A Realistic Approach

Richeson75  Still Life & Floral                                                                        2019 

Pastel Journal                                                                 April                        2019 

* This statement has been provided directly by the artist in association to their 15th International ARC Salon entries. This content has not been edited for typos or grammatical errors and has not been vetted for accuracy.