Michael Noakes was educated at Downside School, Somerset, and the Royal Academy Schools, London.  During his eminent career he has been President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and Chairman of the Contemporary Portrait Society and Governor of the Federation of British Artists. He is a Freeman of the City of London.

Michael paints actors, writers, academics, diplomats, politicians, lawyers, churchmen, senior military personnel, businessmen, leaders of the industry and members of the Royal family as well as less well-know people.