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Michael Soltis

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20130125075805-systemetiquette
System Etiquette, December 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 40" X 30"
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Big Move, October 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 48"
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In Control, May 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 24" X 36"
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Busted, March 2012 Arylic 48" X 48"
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Remain, March 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 48"
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Launch, September 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 38"
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Push, September 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 24" X 36"
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Lift, August 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 48"
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Ted, August 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 60" X 48"
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Avenue, September 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 40" X 30"
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New York, October 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 36"
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Dynamite, October 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 60"
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Superfly, November 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 60"
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Arctic, January 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 36"
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Harbour, January 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 48"
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Dynamite Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 60"
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Mutual Surrender, December 2011 Acrylic on Canvas With Resin Overlay 60" X 48"
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Adrenaline, May 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 48"
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Direction, May 2012 Acrylic on Canvas With Resin Overlay 24" X 48"
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Only You, February 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 48"
20130125075805-systemetiquette
System Etiquette, December 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 40" X 30"
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Tension 1.8, 2013 Acrylic on Board 24 X 30
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
North Dakota
Birth year
1971
Lives in
Vancouver, BC
Works in
Vancouver, BC
Representing galleries
Ian Tan Gallery, Axis Contemporary, Stark + Kent Gallery, SWENSON FINE ART
Tags
pop, modern, abstract, graffiti/street-art
Statement

Change. Move. Push. Ignite. Break. Explore. These are words that inspire me as a person and inform my work as an artist. I like risks. I like a challenge. Each blank canvas is an opportunity to risk. Picking up a brush is a chance to meet a challenge. I paint because it is complete freedom. Freedom to change. To move. To push. To ignite. To break. To explore. To let everything inside me spill out, fly out, drip out. There are a million choices to make - and not one of them is wrong. The fact that I can use paint, brushes and my hands to create something totally unique never ceases to inspire and excite me. I am currently exploring the use of typography, color and composition to create pieces that challenge our preconceptions. Typography is “the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible.” I incorporate letters and numbers into my work to make the beauty of design visible. The goal is to strip away their inherent meaning and use them as objects. Putting them together in order to build the composition of the piece. My hope is that when people look at the work, their logical minds, conditioned to make sense of those letters and numbers, are freed to experience them in a new way. Allowing them to create something unexpected. Completely unique to them. And perhaps . . .that will change, move, push, ignite or break something inside. Giving them permission to explore. To risk. To pick something up. And meet a challenge.

Michael Soltis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Master’s degree in Adult Education. Michael worked in top level management in business and in the non-profit sector before dedicating his life full time to pursuing his love of the arts. He is a self-taught artist and in addition to painting, he is a film and television actor and enjoys expressing his creativity in both of these mediums. Michael’s work is held in private collections in both the United States and Canada and he was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Anthology Magazine. Michael lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and two children. 

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