Michael Fairclough, a contemporary British painter and printmaker, was born in 1940 in Blackburn, Lancashire and studied painting at Kingston School of Art. From 1962 to 1964 he taught at the Belfast School of Art. In 1964 Michael Fairclough was awarded the Rome Scholar in Engraving and spent the following two years working in Italy. Michael Fairclough also went to Paris to study engraving techniques under S. W. Hayter at Atelier 17. Michael Fairclough taught at the West Surrey College of Art and Design from 1967 to 1979.
Throughout his career Michael Fairclough has taught and continued his study of art, engraving and print-making. Over the years Fairclough has received many awards and professional recognition of his work. He was elected Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers in 1964 and Fellow in 1973. He is also a Fellow of the Printmaker's Council (1981) and a Member of the New English Art Club (1995). Michael Fairclough was awarded the David Murray award for Landscape and won the Hunting Art Prize for several years in a row.