Northern Irish visual artist/retired veterinary surgeon Michael Geddis specialises in drawing and print-making. He delights in the elegance of natural forms/patterns and finds microscopic structures particularly inspirational. His intuitively-drawn cellular landscapes are derived from memory and imagination.  His drawings are characterised by distinctively microscopic features including areas of soft focus or sharp focus/crisp silhouettes and a sense of diffuse lighting that appears to be coming from underneath the pictorial plane.

Geddis graduated from Ulster University with First Class Honours in Fine Art – his 2013 degree show drew acclaim at national level (RDS’s James White Prize for Drawing).  

Since then, his practice has developed through several awarded artist residencies/bursaries, collaborations with other artists and a series of Arts Council Lottery Funded projects.  These have involved using micro-surgeons magnifying loupes to produce finely detailed drawings, making direct microscopic observations of natural patterns and chemically extracting natural pigments to make inks for drawing/printmaking.

His work is exhibited widely in Ireland as well as  in GB, USA & Scandinavia.  It is included in the NICS, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and Ulster University Art Collections.  Geddis recently received the Drawing Prize at the 2019 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition.

Michael at the Pod

Curriculum Vitae Dr MICHAEL GEDDIS MVB, BA (Hons), MSc, MSc COMM, C Biol, MRSB, MRCVS | Visual Artist based in Northern Ireland


2010 – 13                 First Class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, Ulster University, Belfast

2008 – 10             NIOCN Painting, South Eastern Regional College, Bangor

1995 – 98             MSc in Communication, Queens University, Belfast

1993 – 94             MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Edinburgh University

1978 – 83             Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin