about michael van
As a student at Santa Clara University in California, Michael Van fell in love with the paintings of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, a revitalization of figurative painting that sprung up around San Francisco in the mid-twentieth century. Epitomized in the works of Wayne Thiebaud, David Park, and Richard Diebenkorn, the movement is marked by decisive brushstrokes, synthetic colors, and geometric treatment of light and shadow.
Now Michael brings these sensibilities to life in his own paintings while building a signature repertoire of planar forms and saturated colors that capture the beauty in the everyday. His practice is grounded in the simple habit of concentrated looking (and squinting) to appreciate the fundamental relationships between light, shadows, and forms around him, which he then translates into confident, tactile compositions. Refreshingly straightforward and mindful, the Texas-based painter finds satisfaction in simplicity, and his nostalgic paintings invite viewers to do the same.
Bethany Fincher | Canvas, a blog by SAATCHI ART | October 25, 2022
2022 - The Other Art Fair - Dallas, TX
2022 - ART214 - Dallas, TX
2021 - Spirit of the West - Weatherford, TX
2021 - Summer Splash, VAGF - Frisco, TX
2021 - Le Salon, Gallery 8680 - Frisco, TX
2020 - RED Show, Gallery 8680 - Frisco, TX
2020 - WHITE Show, Gallery 8680 - Frisco, TX
2020 - Valaween, Visual Arts Guild of Allen - Allen, TX