Michael Borkowsky (b. Shrewsbury, 1986) grew up in Telford, Shropshire and later studied Fine Art at the University of Chester. Initially a painter, he later developed an interest in the role of painters and began working with both painting and installation.
While studying an MA in Fine Art at Gyndwr University, Wrexham, he became interested in representing scent in work alongside a furthered investigation into the roles and perceptions of artists. In 2012 he moved to Sheffield where he has been based ever since.
His solo exhibitions include shows at Yorkshire Artspace, KIAC and Access Space, Sheffield. His involvement in group exhibitions includes devising and curating shows at Exchange Place Studios and Millennium Galleries, Sheffield. Other group exhibitions include shows at Huddersfield Media Centre, Tate Liverpool, Arena Gallery Liverpool and The Crypt Gallery, London. He has also exhibited in 2 international group shows.
Michael has also developed a second strand of his creative endeavours – entitled Perfume as Practice – which looks at the craft of perfumery and how it can be used as a platform for portraiture. Perfume as Practice has recently been staged as a solo exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield and as a sent trail at The Tetley.