Michael de Bono

Michael de Bono is a realist oil painter with a special affinity for the work of the Flemish Masters.  Michael exhibited his first painting at London’s Royal Academy of Art in 2008, which sold at the private view for seven thousand pounds. His work has since been selected by the Academy in five of its summer exhibitions.

Michael’s exquisite paintings are the result of meticulous care and preparation. He uses an oil technique reminiscent of the 17th century Dutch school which he has adapted to contemporary presentations of traditional themes. His vivid compositions are at times almost tangibly realistic, an immersive feast of detail and colour. 

He adds, “My paintings use a complex array of oil glazes, which with painstaking labour create a jewel like and hyper smooth surface. This finesse is not only pleasing to the eye but raises the paintings’ refractive index, making the depicted subjects appear more naturalistic.

This is in part why I admire artists such as Van Eyck. Their remarkable skill is really just a means to reach an extraordinary end, namely to make simple pigments depict a sense of the transcendent. It’s the hallmark of a master and the greatest of challenges to emulate”.

In recognition of his outstanding work Michael was awarded two prizes by the Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers for his painting entitled ‘Natural Philosophy’. He is the first artist to have received a dual prize in the history of the award. Michael has also received the prestigious Royal British Artists’ Arts Trust Award.

Michael’s work has been shown in over fifty exhibitions including juried selections by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal British Artists and the Royal West of England Academy. His work is held in private collections throughout the U.K and abroad.


Blue Vase with Green Apple
Oil on Panel
16 x 9.5 Inches
£2400

Enigma
Oil on Panel
13.5 x 8 Inches
£6400

Harmony
Oil on Panel
18 x 10 Inches
£2400

Venice
Oil on Panel
7 x 12 Inches
£600

Orange Reflected
Oil on Panel
20 x 11 Inches
£1950

Panoramic Onions and Tomatoes
Oil on Panel
18.5 x 10 Inches
£2400

Radiance
Oil on Panel
16.5 x 14 Inches
£2400

Sunkissed
Oil on Panel
16.5 x 14 Inches
£2520

Pearl
Oil on Panel
12 x 12 Inches

Dragon Eggs
Oil on Panel
13.5 x 11.5 Inches

Nectarines with Gooseberry Syrup
Oil on Panel
13.5 x 12.5 Inches

Lady with Glass
Oil on Panel
16.5 x 14 Inches

Majestic
Oil on Panel
13.5 x 12.5 Inches

Lime Light
Oil on Panel
9.5 x 9 Inches

Apple, Berries and Leaves
Oil on Panel
12.5 x 12 Inches

Three Lemons Reflected
Oil on Canvas
14 x 10 inches

Spice Jar with Apricot
Oil
14 x 12 inches

Apricots, Peaches and Wine
Oil
15 x 14 inches

White Rose
Oil
12 x 13.5 inches

Pearl
Oil on Board
10 x 11 inches

Apricot and Kettle
Oil
14 x 15.5 inches

Orange with Peel
Oil
11.5 x 11.5 inches

Apple with Blossom
Oil
13.5 x 9 inches

Red Rose
Oil
11.5 x 13.5 inches

Wonder
Oil
12 x 10.5 inches

Veil
Oil
12 x 11.5 inches

Friends
Oil
12 x 8.5 inches

Oranges and Lemons
Oil
12 x 10.5 inches

Lemons and Limes
Oil
7 x 14 inches

Portrait with Emerald Headdress
Oil
10.5 x 10 inches

Orange with Segment
Oil
10 x 8.5 inches