Son of artist and art historian, Sir William Rothenstein, Michael is often regarded as the most avant-garde of the Great Bardfield artists. He pioneered the use of found objects, anything that could be coated in ink for relief painting. He scoured rubbish dumps for objects which might create interesting textures and experimented with the use of the photographic image in the print process.
His energy and pioneering spirit are reflected in his insistence that artists working in Great Bardfield should not be regarded as a ‘school’ or a ‘community’. His work is represented in numerous important international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.