Don Michael Jr

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Unlocked, 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 30"X40" © 2014, Don Michael, Jr.
The Artist Pauses to Reflect and Consider, 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 24"X30" © 2014, Don Michael, Jr.
The Gift Called Grace, 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 24"X20 © 2014, Don MIchael, Jr.
On the Wings of a Dream, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 30"X24" © 2013, Don Michael, Jr.
Spiritual Growth, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 20"X16" © 2013, Don Michael, Jr.
Crush, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 30"X24" © 2013, Don Michael, Jr.
Wherewithal, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 20"X24" © 2013, Don Michael, Jr.
One Fleeting Moment, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 30"X40" © 2013, Don Michael, Jr.
Threshold, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 36"X24" © 2012, Don Michael, Jr.
Cautiously Optimistic, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 16"X20" © 2012, Don Michael, Jr.
Leap of Faith, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 10"X10" © 2012, Don Michael, Jr.
Stuck Inside My Own Head, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 24"X30" © 2012, Don Michael, Jr.
Aspire and Endure, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 30"X24" © 2011, Don Michael, Jr.
Killer Instinct, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 30"X24" © 2012, Don Michael, Jr.
Dare to Believe, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 20"X16" © 2011, Don Michael, Jr.
Out of the Blue, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 24"X20" © 2011, Don Michael, Jr.
Alone in a Crowd, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 18"X24" © 2011, Don Michael, Jr.
Look at Us Now, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 18"X24" © 2011, Don Michael, Jr.
Self-Control, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 12"X12" © 2011, Don Michael, Jr.
Formative, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 24"X24" © 2011, Don Michael, Jr.
Hidden in Plain Sight, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 36"X24" © 2010, Don Michael, Jr.
Tacit Lucidity, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 8"X8" © 2010, Don Michael, Jr.
Mystique, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 8"X8" © 2011, Don Michael, Jr.
Afterimage, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 12"X12" © 2010, Don Michael, Jr.
Reflection, 2010 Painting 8"X8" © 2010, Don Michael, Jr.
Beer-Thirty, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 8"X8" © 2010, Don Michael, Jr.
In the Moment, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 10"X8" © 2012, Don Michael, Jr.
Fair Warning, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 8"X8" © 2012, Don Michael, Jr.
Mama Ain't Playin', 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 16"X20" © 2012, Don Michael, Jr.
Those Acquisitive Eyes, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 10"X10" © 2013, Don Michael, Jr.
Matter of Opinion, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 10"X8" © 2012, Don Michael, Jr.
Quick Facts
Lives in
Las Vegas
Works in
Las Vegas
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1994, BA with Professional Emphasis in Printmaking
Expressionist, surrealism

The intention of my work is to give voice to the beauty and order that can exist in the chaos that permeates our daily lives. My process reflects the content of my paintings in that it begins with leftover paints from previous work which are randomly smeared across a blank canvas. From this chaotic mess springs a semblance of order as I integrate a cohesive image into these smearings. Several of the works in this series incorporate the masks that we wear to disguise the emotions raging below the surface. My medium of choice for this series is acrylic.

Each painting leads me on a journey of discovery as I look both inward and outward for meaning and inspiration. These paintings have helped me to learn more about myself, and I hope the viewer takes away something new from each experience with one of them.



2013   "Winter Blues Spring Time Hues", Palettes Gallery, SpringHill Suites, Las Vegas, NV
2012   "XenArt: The Energy of Art", Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV
2012   "Dreams, Ideals, and Performance", Gina M. Woodruff Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2012   "An Affair of the Heart", The Four Seasons, Las Vegas, NV
2011   "Masks", The Target Gallery in The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
2011   "Expressions West", Coos Art Museum, Coos, OR
2011   "2nd Annual Juried Exhibition", FTCC Art Gallery, Fayetteville, NC
2011   "River Art" Exhibition, West Shore Gallery, Wormleysburg, PA
2011   "Arts in Harmony 2011", Sherburne Co. Gov't Bldg., Elk River, MN
2010   "41st Annual Road Show", Louisiana State Archives Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2010   "Art 2010" - The Nathan B. Rosen Museum Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
2009   "Small Works" - FCCA, Fredericksburg, VA
2009   "Arts Alive!" - Green Valley Library, Las Vegas, NV
2009   "Un-Masking the Mind" - House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
2009   "8th Annual Summer All Media International Online Juried Exhibition"
2009   "11th Annual Contemporary Art International Online Juried Exhibition"
2009   “7th Annual National Juried Show” – Englewood Civic Ctr., Englewood, CO 
2009   “The Emerald Spring Exhibition” – Emerald Art Ctr., Springfield, OR
2009   “2009 National Exhibition” – Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC
2009   "Signature Dish Juried Exhibition" - the Arts Factory, Las Vegas, NV
2009   "20th Annual Juried Show" - Contemporary Arts Ctr., Las Vegas, NV
2008   "The Color of Money" - FCCA, Fredericksburg, VA
2008   "isAp Online I'ntl. Open Acrylic Show" -
2008   "Life's Unique Journey 08" - NW Cultural Council, Palatine, IL
2007   "Skin Deep" Solo Art Exhibit - Caramel, The Bellagio Resort, Las Vegas, NV


2012   2nd Place - XenArt: The Energy of Art, Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemorary Art, Las Vegas, NV
2011   2nd Place - Art Buzz: The 2011 Collection, Art Buzz Publishing, Dunedin, FL
2011   Winsor & Newton Merit Award - 41st Annual River Road Show, LA Art & Artists Guild
2011   Award of Merit - Art 2010, The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
2010   3rd Place - Art Buzz: The 2010 Collection, Art Buzz Publishing, Dunedin, FL
2008   Honorable Mention - Life's Unique Journey '08, NW Cultural Council, Palatin, IL
2008   3rd Place - International Society of Acrylic Painters Online Show,
2011   "Art Buzz, The 2011 Collection" - Art Buzz Publications, Dunedin, FL
2010   "Art Buzz, The 2010 Collection" - Art Buzz Publications, Dunedin, FL