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Michele Mikesell

Born in 1973 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Michele Mikesell is an American artist born in 1973.

In 2002, Michele Mikesell earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in graphic design from Texas Women's University in Denton, TX. Mikesell completed her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma in Norman in 2004. Mikesell is a Dallas Artist who lives and works in Oak Cliff and is currently represented by Chiaroscuro, Sante Fe; JRB Gallery, Oklahoma City; Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta; and DECORAZON Gallery in Dallas/ London.

Michele Mikesell's work can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, and has been exhibited in national and international art fairs including, AQUA Miami; SCOPE Basel and New York City; The Suite Art Fair, Dallas, Texas; Art Santa Fe; and the Affordable Art Fair New York City, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Mikesell had solo exhibition at the Ardmore Museum of Art in Oklahoma this coming November, 2014.

"Creating individuals is what I find most interesting in the studio. It is my hope that these portraits will be familiar characters to the viewer, subjects we recognize and identify with. My work consistently travels along a general vein of the universal human experience. This particular group of paintings is an iconographical departure from previous work in that literal human features have been introduced. Other aspects of this work directly reference the anthropomorphic petro glyph characters in which I first based my interest in painting. These realistic, stylized faces placed within loosely interpreted animal shapes and costumes narrate a continued thesis of dichotomy and metaphor - comparing and contrasting human ideas with animal instinct. Irony, contradiction, humor and tragedy, have been continued themes in my work and are illustrated not only within the image, but within the actual paint and surface of the painting.

I am influenced by a diverse and extremely eclectic group of different movements including Abstract and German Expressionism, Art Informal, Children's Art, as well as the 17th century Dutch masters and the current Pop Surrealist movement. I work with little or no pre-conceived finished piece. My process is a constant acting and reacting from and within the marks subliminally laid into the paint."

- Michele Mikesell

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EXHIBITIONS

2015
Solo Exhibition, “Fierce Creatures”, JRB Art, Oklahoma, USA, February 4-28

2014
“Family Circus” Exhibition, Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, Texas, September
Solo Exhibition, Goddard Center, Ardmore, OK
Solo Exhibition, Art meets Architecture, Los Angeles 2014

2013
“Woodsmen”, MA Doran, Tulsa, OK
“Fishers of Song”, JRB Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
“Circus Switzerland” La Lanta Fina Art, Bangkok Thailand

2012
“Dichotomy” La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok Thailand
“1939” Decorazon Gallery, (London UK) pop up show Dallas, TX
“Hugo, OK” Altered Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Upon the wheel” Alan Avery Art Co., Atlanta GA

2011
"The Games We Play" JRB Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK “Chapter 3: Monsters” Altered Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Bread and Circus” Chiaroscuro, Santa Fe, NM

2010
“Chapter 1: Allegory” Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, Tx
“Chapter 2: Quotidian life ” Smooth n Purdy Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Chapter 3: Disambiguate” Altered Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Chapter 4 and 5" Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta, GA
"Chapter 6: Guardians" Chiaroscuro, Sante Fe, NM

2009
“Metropolis” JRB Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
“ The Canvas Tent” M2, Gallery Little Rock, AR
“ Ribbons, Glue, Elastic” Altered Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008
”The Smell of Sawdust” Altered Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Eating Crow” Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, TX

2007
”Personified” JRB Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
“Dancing in Thorns” Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, TX “Omada” Addison Arts, Sante Fe, NM

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