Born on November 6th 1962. Michael Shurman attended Goldsmith’s College but didn’t complete the course due to finding it demoralizing.
Preferring to be self taught, Michael continued on to work for MAD magazine creating the cover art-works and comic strips as their only UK artist. Following this Michael became a freelance illustrator for ‘Spitting Image’, the UK satirical TV show.
Some of the highlights of Michael’s career included working with Art PR Mark Borkowski for over two years, culminating in his sell out show “Freaks no more” in 1997. Mark personally bought 11 originals and the rest sold out by the end of the first week.
In 2000 Michael’s solo show “100 years of UBU in the UK” at the Mayor Gallery, Cork Street, London, sold out within hours of opening. The first paintings were bought by well known and famous Welsh sculptor, Barry Flanagan.
Michael Shurman has done many commissions including Pink Floyd, Ian Brown, Richard Ashcroft, Howard Marks, Bruce Lee for Underworld and the album covers for Pink Floyd’s tribute band Think Floyd. His work graces the boardrooms of Live8, The Lighthouse, Big Issue, Camden and many more.
His spiritual guide is Rene Magritte who whispers hints and inspirations from his bench… others inspirations are Bosch, Dali, Picasso and Ernst.
Michael describes his unique style as : “Cosmic Surrealism… a mixture of fine art and cartoon”