Michael Fullerton’s work centres on portraits of figures ‘who embody political commitment or represent strong ideological positions.’ Recent works include portraits of Alan Turing, David Shayler and Lech Walesa. His engagement with a painting style associated with 18th century society portraitist Thomas Gainsborough, points to his interest in what it means to portray renowned individuals in any given period. His current concern with figures associated with internet file hosting systems and online security relate to his ongoing interest in the recording, transmission and ownership of information.
In May 2013, Fullerton travelled to Auckland, New Zealand, to meet and photograph Kim Dotcom, internet entrepreneur, and Peter Gutmann, a computer scientist and specialist in the design and analysis of security systems. These photographs will act as the source material for new paintings and work in print.
Other subjects include Gordon Jarvie, a Scottish ex member of the British Special Forces and Derek McGill, the governor of HMP Barlinnie (Her Majesty’s Prison) in Glasgow.