September Art Exhibit: Michael Angelis
September 08, 2013 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Keyes Gallery at WWML
WWML Art Exhibit: September 8 - October 7, 2013
Intimated Horizons: Recent Landscape Paintings
Michael Angelis is a painter based in New Haven, CT. He received his BFA from Purchase College, SUNY, in 2001 and his Masters in Art Education from Columbia University in 2005.
Michael’s plein air paintings depicting urban landscapes of New Haven neighborhoods have dominated the focus of his work over the past 5 years. The series began as a study of the street level experience underneath the overpasses of Route 91.Working directly in the environment influences the aesthetics in a much richer way than if the work were to be completed in the comfort of a studio setting, where it might imitate the photographs being used for reference. Furthermore, when much time and effort is spent in these empty, seemingly invisible spaces beneath the highway, the painter finds that the act of painting (and the painting itself) become a conduit to the people who pass through: the painting becomes a conversation - the pedestrian or the driver who stops to look at the artwork might communicate and talk about life in the city - the conversations become embedded in the makeup of the artwork.
Over time, his paintings have evolved to include depictions of other urban scenery such as parking garages, abandoned buildings and construction sites. These places might be initially appear uninviting or uninhabitable, but as a viewer takes time to look at the artwork the place depicted may evoke new meaning and consideration for them. The paintings often place emphasis on environments in flux, whether they are actively changing or less obviously changing.
Michael has shown his work primarily in the New Haven area. He currently teaches studio art at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT, and has taught there for the past eight years.
Contact the Artist:
71 William St. #3
New Haven, CT 06511
Exhibit Opening: Sunday, September 8, 4-6pm, Keyes Gallery