Don Michael Jr
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" - http://www.isap-online.com
2008 "Life's Unique Journey 08" - NW Cultural Council, Palatine, IL
2007 "Skin Deep" Solo Art Exhibit - Caramel, The Bellagio Resort, Las Vegas, NV
SELECT AWARDS: :
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, www.isap-online.com
2011 "Art Buzz, The 2011 Collection" - Art Buzz Publications, Dunedin, FL
2010 "Art Buzz, The 2010 Collection" - Art Buzz Publications, Dunedin, FL
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