(1932 - 1988)
Michael Illingworth was active/lived in New Zealand. Michael Illingworth is known for painting.
Michael Illingworth (1932-1988) was the angry young man of conservative Auckland art. His
early career was a terrible struggle with virtually no support from the
art establishment, which detested him. There was the famous tale of
Illingworth eating half a banana for lunch and the second half for
He managed to escape this environment by moving to England,
where he met the Italian surrealist Enrico Baj, who influenced him
for the rest of his life. He is now considered a major New Zealand
artist and can fetch huge money at auction. He sadly died young of
cancer in 1988.