Michael Crowther was born in County Durham and grew up in the West Riding of Yorkshire. He attended Leeds College of Art where he studied painting and sculpture. Michael lectured and then became head of painting at Cardiff College of Art. He retired in 2006 and now paints full time in Cardiff. Solo exhibition include Serpentine Gallery, London (1975), Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1979), Artspace Galleries, Aberdeen (1983), Spacex Gallery, Exeter (1984), Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff (1998).