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Marcus Michels
Sarasota, Florida

Ringling College of Art and Design, Visiting Artist

pages 119-120


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 an interior space is a way for me to give the viewer a somewhat voyeuristic look into the figure's anxiety, urgency, or obliviousness to tension.  My current work is 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 at Carbondale, BFA, 1995

selected solo or two-person exhibits

New Paintings, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 2006
Wasted Space, Rodger La Pelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA, 2005

selected group shows

The Art of Observation, Andrews Gallery, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2010
7th Annual Young Painters Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award, Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2006

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