About Michael Leek

Born in London, Michael trained as an illustrator at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design. After a period in professional practice (including time in The Netherlands and Germany) he went into design education at the Arts University Bournemouth, where he became Head of the School of Illustration. After Bournemouth he was appointed Director of Studies at the internationally renowned Cordwainers College. He has held other senior posts in art and design education, including five years as a visiting lecturer and project manager at a university in Sweden. Michael also worked with design institutions and the creative industries in a number of other EU countries.

Michael completed teacher training at Bournemouth University, an MA at Middlesex University, and an MPhil at the Royal College of Art (RCA). He is a Life-Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of a number of historical societies. His prime interests are maritime and naval history, and in the history and development of marine painting.

Michael's drawings, paintings and illustrations have been exhibited or published with;

RCA Secret, London; Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), London
The Science Museum, London; HMS Victory, Portsmouth
HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth; The Pastel Society, London
Musée national de la Marine, Paris; Stockholm, Sweden
Marsala, Italy; Smithsonian Institute, USA
Ships Monthly magazine

whilst his photographs have been published with;

Model Shipwright; Amateur Photographer; Practical Photography
Fishing News; Air Forces Monthly; RAF News
Filght International; Aircraft Illustrated
Aviation in Action 2010 calendar; Knock News; BBC News (website)
BBC Weather (website) and in The Daily Mail, Press & Journal and The Northern Scot newspapers.

He has also been twice Featured Photographer with Flight Global and was a runner-up in Practical Photography's Action category of the Photographer of the Year competition.

Michael is the author of The Art of Nautical Illustration, a study of primarily western marine painting, The Encyclopedia of Airbrush Techniques, and a detailed study of the composite sailing ship Torrens, 1875-1910 (unpublished). His latest, Military Low Flying in the UK was published in February 2012 (see Latest News for details). He is also part-author of The New Guide to Illustration and has contributed to many other books (mainly maritime history). See also the section Book News for latest updates. Michael was also the Assistant Editor of the international quarterley journal Model Shipwright.