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Michael Ireland

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Birthplace
Chicago

Birth year
1952

Lives in
Cary, IL

Works in
Cary, IL

Website

Schools
American Academy of Art, Chicago, 1970

Representing galleries
Freed Gallery, Hilligoss Gallery, FineLine Designs

Tags
traditional, landscape, abstract, painting

Statement

 

 

Michael Ireland Artist Statement

I’ve come to understand the true art of watercolor for me is within the painting process itself. It is the brush washing the paper with color, the colors merging upon the texture of the paper, the combination of techniques and lessons learned from painting and then painting even more. And hopefully, upon completion of the art, a “work” of art is produced. But that is not necessarily the point. It is the painting process itself that is so important.

My paintings are consistent in traditional transparent watercolor technique...working to achieve the balance of light and shadow through a transparent glazing wash, allowing the white of the paper to delineate any and all white areas of the scene itself. It becomes a very disciplined painting style that simultaneously works to deliver a result exuding both spontaneity and control. Within my landscapes, I paint with particular attention to design and balance of color/light.

Much of my work is executed in a fairly large scale and large format by transparent watercolor standards. I enjoy the challenge of reining in a huge wash and working over the full sheet with the sweep of each color pass and the ability to weave details of color all the while defining form within form. My goal is to create a piece that is as interesting up close as it is simple and strong from afar. Recent works have ranged from 96”W x 45”H to over twenty feet in length. My preferred watercolor paper is Arches 300 # though the large formats have dictated the use of Aquaboard, a large masonite board with a gesso-like absorbent base coat. Once finished, a UV varnish is then applied eliminating the need for mattes or glass.

I hope you enjoy viewing the finished art works as much I have enjoyed painting them. - Michael

Recent Exhibits

Michael Ireland participated in these exhibits:

May, 2013 Transitions
The State Street Gallery
 
Exhibited at these venues
Michael Ireland has Exhibited at these venues:

The State Street Gallery
6th 2014 Showcase Entry

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