Yesterday i share about Michael Gadlin's Studio, visual journals. I told you how i stopped by the gallery he co-owns, ARTHAUS, to see his newest collection RAW MARKS and his studio with insights into his creative process. To say i left feeling inspired would be a huge understatement. Michael is extremely generous, letting me dig through his art journal and pick his brain over art, his process, and life as an artist. i took so many pictures i have to break this post into two post. Day 2 is all about his recent collection. While i may show some shots of the full pieces, i will mostly share close ups and beautiful angles, trying to let you feel the art up close & personal. Of course you can stop by his website to see the full pieces, HERE.
Why not start with my favorite piece of the collection? It is a large piece that is so beautiful and so detailed. My approach to most art is to first stand and take the piece in. I know what art moves me but that's not to say that i don't dive into almost all pieces. Standing in front of this piece takes my breath away. I then dive in to take a closer look, disecting the details (or at least try to), seeing how the piece came to life. I've been back to the gallery a couple times and this piece always draws me in. completely. Below are some detail shots.
Amazing right? So many textures, so many layers, yet very cohesive. The piece is quite large. Michael is 6' 6" if that gives you any indication. I could go on & on about this piece but instead, i'll let it speak for itself.
The Raw Marks series began with this piece. This photo does not do it justice. It's a beautiful neutral paletter, something different for Michael. Like me, he has a passsion for colors. I think it really says something about the artist when they can achieve something very special in neutrals. Again below are some close-ups of this & the other neutral pieces before we moved into the color pieces.
Michael gave me a guided tour talking about how this series came together starting with number 1. He is so passionate about his art you cannot help but to be drawn in. What's really cool is hearing him break down the pieces after his classes, showing the techniques & underlying structure behind the art.
Once again the photo does not do it justice. Raw Mark #13. Even looking at the photos now, i see all he has taught us so far, understanding more now after it has sat a bit in my brain. I love seeing the series progression in the gallery. I didn't get any shots of another of my favorites, #12, but you can see it on his website. Instead i will share more detail shots of various pieces from 1-13.
The Raw Mark Series are long mostly horizontal pieces stretching 78 inches in length. They are so stunning in person and i am so happy i took the time to see them while they were on display. I learned so much and Michael was so generous with me, answering all my questions willingly & graciously.
This is just two of a four piece collection. It is so beautiful in person. They almost look like prints. I love that he actually uses flower petals and leaves in this piece. These are smaller but still have a big impact. For me they evoke so much emotion and have to be one of my favorite pieces.
I hope you enjoyed the peek into Michael's art. If you ever have a chance to go see one of his pieces, run! He's got an exhibit coming up in France in February and has pieces in many galleries. Check out his about page for more details.