Michael Werner [1912-89] studied at Atelier 17 under S W Hayter and moved in Surrealist circles in Paris, before settling permanently in England in 1938.
He taught at the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham.
Sculpture was his main initial interest and these ranged from Surrealist abstractions to depictions of the human form.
He had a very impressive cv, with 3 one-man shows at Helen Lessore's Beaux Arts Gallery during the 1950s, and many one-man exhibitions at Annely Juda Fine Art from 1960 to his death in 1989.
One of his main achievements during the 1960s was a large series of collages, which could be regarded as 'Pop-Art' or Surrealist. These were much more inventive than anything attempted by his contemporaries. A major retrospective exhibition of these collages was held at The Institute of Contemporary Art [ICA] in 1974.
His work is represented in many public collections including ICA, Arts Council, Smithsonian Institute [Washington DC], County Museum [Los Angeles], MOMA [LA], etc.