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international painting annual 2 exhibition-in-print
online resource

Marcus Michels
Hattiesburg, Mississppi

The University of Southern Mississippi,
Assistant Professor

page 137-138


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In my work I seek the essence of human interaction, in the spoken and unspoken ways people communicate with each other through body language and gesture.  Painting the figure in the interior is a way for me to give the viewer a somewhat voyeuristic look into the figure's anxiety, urgency, or obliviousness to tension.  My paintings are about realizing the complexity of human behavior while celebrating its inherent ambiguity and mystery.  The act of painting is an attempt to communicate things that cannot be said simply.


born: 1972, Ellery, Illinois


Indiana University, MFA, 2004
Eastern Illinois University, MA, 1999
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, BFA, 1995

selected publications

INPA 2, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, OH, p. 137-138,  2012
INPA 1, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, OH, p. 119-120. 2011

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Marcus Michels/Todd Podolsky, Blindfold Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2012
Jamie Bowman/Marcus Michels, McGowan Fine Art Gallery, Concord, NH, 2011

selected group shows

National Juried Exhibition, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY, 2012
4th National Juried Exhibition, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY, 2011, William Bailey Juror



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