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Michael Olson

  After completing a graduate program in Texas, my work needed to be distilled down into an essence before it could begin to find a personal voice. Therefore, several months were spent removing nonessential elements from my work. Upon bringing it to an elemental stage, I began to rebuild it using a vision which seeks to satisfy a singular need; it is a need to explore and to find the things that make me an artist.
  The artwork begins with marks made using a stick of charcoal, one of the most fundamental and primal of art supplies. Quite often, the image is developed directly on the easel without any premeditated notions. Using quick movements, I work to capture the elemental image in a burst of energy and develop it in color afterward. Working on a few pieces at once allows me to remain in the moment, and it allows fresh acrylic paint to dry a little before moving onto the next layer. Using these techniques has given me freedoms to create and to think. The immediate image is essential to capturing a thought that lasts for only a few moments in the conscious mind and falls back into the unconscious.

Pictures of Memories in Flux
Memories in Flux
Pictures of Selected Works
Selected Works
Pictures of Exaltation of the Insignificants
Exaltation of the Insignificants

Danae Anderson | Salma Arastu | Noma Bliss | Garik Karapetyan | Quang-Tuan Luong
Ray McSavaney | Michael Olson | Ted Orland | Julia Pinkham | Alan Tarbell
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