Michael Hedges. Michael was inspired by the Polar Vortex that affected so much of the country with the coldest temps on record for many areas. This painting is fabulous – with the (VERY) cool (icy) blues, the ENERGY and the airiness. I love all of Michael’s colorful paintings, they’re so dynamic. This one was a bit different, as was the Polar Vortex! You can tell that this man loves to paint!
Michael has a show running from March 16, 2019 through April 27, 2019 at the McCormick Gallery in Chicago, IL… SO, if you’re going to be in the area it would be a great show to catch! The reception will be Saturday, March 16 from 4-7PM.
See more of Michael’s work via these links:
My paintings are a synthesis of color, line, form and texture. They begin as a problem of two or more color relationships to be explored through form. The form is loosely defined by a drawing that
acts as a skeleton and ecto-skeleton both beneath and above the finished work. The application of the media to the painting surface is of utmost importance to me. The paint is applied with great
bursts of energy, creating a surface, if I am successful, that is supercharged with texture and color. I work multiple, usually around 10, paintings at the same time, all centered on the original
problem. This multiple approach allows me to go in different directions, very quickly building the energy that is critical to a successful painting. I strive to create intense, even and stunning
color relationships that are balanced by form and texture into a controlled elegance. The challenge here is to create a vibration in the work that energizes it without separating.
Michael was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. While in high school Michael spent two years studying at the Art Institute of Chicago before going on to receive his B.A. in Studio Art from Loras College in Dubuque, IA in 1998.
Since graduation from Loras, Michael has been exhibiting and selling his artwork throughout the Chicago-land area. In addition to gallery showings pieces of Michael’s work hang permanently in corporations through the Chicagoland area and Iowa and have sold into private collections.
Catch you back here tomorrow!