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 chemical extracting natural pigments to make inks for drawing/printmaking.

His work is included in the NICS, Arts Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and Ulster University Art Collections and was recently exhibited in Finland/ Washington DC. Geddis recently received the 2017 Anna Cheyne Biennial Award.

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