I look at making art as a much bigger and exciting concept than that which only relies on any one individual identity. The making of a picture is about participating in a small piece of a bigger unit. For me painting has been a tool to explore what I do not yet know.
The act of making art [process] is setup for those who have a deep desire to be challenged and bring to light important questions.
Identifying intelligent problems that can only be quenched visually, through a cogent body of work. I feel by taking this visual approach seriously, I'm able to articulate and express clearer than my words can ever say. My interest in unexpected (visual) relationships from an abstract point of view, expresses a common universal dialogue that crosses social and racial boundaries. Exhibiting both intuitive responsiveness and an element of contrivance delivers an understanding toward the importance of serious practice and critique in a historical context. This communication through thoughtful interpretation and expression seems critical to me. In addition, accepting that which can challenge everything you know is an important idea in the search for meaning. Merely declaring yourself as an artist isn't enough. An honest examination of the work is determined by the sum of two things; that which you do not know, and that which you practice. I'm dedicated to a serious and rigorous practice of observation that has the ability to make the art relevant in any arena.
Typified by arresting powers of visual imagery and spatial sophistication, Michael Gadlin’s artistry is an increasingly recognized phenomenon in the art world. Rimmed in spontaneity,
his 20-year repertoire expresses a singular uninterrupted brush stroke
of Mediterranean, European and Western influences. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary art form, Michael’s work epitomizes avant-garde. Those who experience Michael’s work often discover an ethereal essence captured that defies explanation. From his early years of surrealistic impressionism until now, Michael’s work reflects an improvisational inventiveness that has garnered a loyal following among the art elite. His artistic conviction that...
“Direct expressionism is the most meaningful reflection of life”,
has prompted the evolution of an extremely cogent and intriguing portfolio of 21st century art.
In 1999 Michael was the youngest artist ever to win Best Of Show at Denver’s nationally renowned Cherry Creek Arts Festival.
The Vance Kirkland Museum acquired a work of his as part of their permanent collection.
Michael’s well-received public art installation, commissioned by The City of Denver, hangs permanently in Denver’s District 2 Police Station. The Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art selected Michael to be included in the museum’s Rocky Mountain Biennial. Michael has recently exhibited in Denver, Aspen, Telluride and France.
Exhibiting in select galleries, museums and institutions worldwide, Michael has been commissioned by governments, Fortune 100 corporations and private collectors, and has been exuberantly heralded in the press.
Michael has been exhibiting work throughout the United States and most recently in France, where he received a residency through La Napoule Art Foundation given out only once a year.
BORN IN DENVER, COLORADO, Michael studied drawing and painting as a young artist at the Art Students League of Denver. He would later attended Pratt Institute in New York right after graduating high school. Early on he focused his discipline on classical drawing and painting fundamentals, later emphasizing his studies in abstract concepts in conceptual art. At the same time, while still in New York, Michael further developed his passion for design and contemporary art by taking courses to deepen his knowledge and become more well-rounded in his own artistic philosophy.
nothing ENTIRELY planned out. I paint from the thoughts and memories that serve my creative intuitions. in order to capture the characteristic of one thing suggestive of another. The process of discovery is my addiction.
I am dedicated to exploring visual elements that excite the viewer’s senses. In my work, I focus on the process and interaction of layers that become visually meaningful and rich with examination.
Through that fundamental confrontation, I find tension to be the most meaningful facet of my artistic and aesthetic investigations. A context in which I am challenged to make the union of these ingredients seem intuitive and natural visually. My work is driven to guide the viewer into understanding the relationship between the fundamentals of artistic processes and the emotional expressions that create a dialogue and language that will be universally meaningful.
My philosophy is simple, to be sentient through my interpretations and make work that will challenge all assumptions.
For me, beauty lies between those elements that offer stimulating contradiction and relevance. The visual depth is already present in our environment. It is the conscious struggle between man-made and the perfection that is nature. This is the backdrop for my work that I’m most stimulated by.
"Direct connection with community is the most important inspiration to my work."
One example is my friend Zachary Inkeles an autistic artist who I've been mentoring in studio for over 7 years. We've worked together in my studio weekly. This gives me another outlet and insight into the creative process of others and, of course, has an effect on my own work. Most recently I've participated in a Facilitate Painting workshop with some very talented disabled artists, through the Art Students League of Denver who partnered with VSA Colorado Access Gallery here in Denver. These are very special individuals with a ton of creativity and understanding."
Partnering with VSA Access gallery on our CoBiz Financial commission for the bank lobby. September 2014.
PROFESSIONAL EXHIBITS + SOLO:
2014 - Carte Blanche / Group-collaboration / Arthaus gallery, Denver CO.
2014 - Chateau de La Napoule /"Do you see what I see”/ International La Napoule, France.
2013 - Raw Marks / Solo Exhibit, ArtHaus, Denver CO
2013 - Art Students League / 20th Anniversary, Invitational. Denver CO
2012 - Before France / Solo Exhibit, ArtHaus Gallery. Denver CO
2012 - Taxi Gallery Exhibit: "Do you see what I see”. Denver CO
2011 - Vance Kirkland Museum / Permanent Collection, Denver CO
2010 - Solo Exhibit, Platte-Forum, Denver CO.
2010 - Solo Exhibit, ART & SOUL Gallery, Boulder, CO
2010 - Collaboration, Ice Cube Gallery. Denver
2009 - Solo Exhibit, The Mitchell Gallery, Aspen, CO
2009 - Solo Exhibit, Flour Mill Gallery, Denver CO
2009 - Solo Exhibit, Spark Gallery, Denver CO
2009 - Solo Exhibit, The Aspen Gallery, Aspen, CO
2008 - FCMOCA: Museum / Rocky Mountain Biennial, Fort Collins CO
2008 - The Aspen Gallery / Solo Exhibit, Aspen, CO
2008 - Solo exhibit / Spark Gallery, Denver CO
2007 - Telluride Exhibit, Invitational. Telluride, CO
2007 - Vail Exhibit, Invitational. Vail, CO
2007 - Exhibit / Featured Artist, Denver Polo Classic. Denver CO
2006 - Curtis Arts & Humanities, Greenwood village, CO
2005 - Cherry Creek Arts Festival - Invitational, Denver CO
2005 - Art Students League / Invitational. Denver CO
2004 - Museum: Foothills Art Center / Radiant Souls. Golden, CO
2003 - William Havu Gallery / Exhibit. Denver CO
2003 - Maclaren Markowitz Gallery / Exhibit. Boulder, CO
2002 - Rule Gallery, Invitational. Denver CO
2000 - Solo Exhibit. The Disciples, West Gallery, Denver CO
1999- Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Awarded Best of Show. Denver CO
Public Art Commissions:
2004 - District 2 Police Station, 3900 Holly St. Denver, CO.
Vance Kirkland Museum (Permanent collection), Denver, CO.
District 2 Police Station (Public Art), Denver, CO.
Jean-Claud & Cristo (Artist's), New York, N.Y.
Softbank (Venture Capital), Boulder, CO.
Charles Casteel, Davis Graham & Stubbs (Law), Denver, CO.
Sherman & Howard (Law), Denver, CO.
Kentwood City Real Estate, Denver, CO.
Jet Property Group (Real Estate), Denver, CO.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival (Permanent collection).
The Denver Foundation (investments), CO.
Selected Media & Bibliography:
Denver Hotel Magazine: Feature August 2013
Channel 9 "Live" interview, ArtHaus and New Work 2012
Denver Post: Arts & Entertainment; 1994 -present.
Westword: ArtHaus Gallery "Best Art Space" 2012 + Art Reviews: 2000 - present.
Plum T.V. in Telluride; On being the featured artist. 2009
Fox 31 interview Live on set with Libby. 2009
Denver Magazine, 2007 + August 2009 feat.
Luxe Magazine, Spring 2008
Forbes Online Magazine, Feature, 2005
Channel 7 News interviews, 2005, 2006 & 2007
Colorado Homes & Lifestyle Magazine. Various issues 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005.
Rocky Mountain News features 1999 - present
The Denver Post. 1999 - 2004
Various Arts & Entertainment issues, 1995 - 2009
Documentary film, "The Muse", 2001
303 Magazine, Various issues, 2007 -2008
Better Homes & Gardens, 2003
Teaching & Instruction:
- 2012 - Present, Facilitate Painting workshops with the disabled. Through VSA and ASLD.
- 2003 - Present, Private (one-on-one) studio instruction, exhibit consulting and professional art coaching.
- 1995 - Present, numerous Denver Public School as a community artist for diversity and instruction.
- 1995 - Present, The Art Students League Of Denver.
Community & Charities:
- La Napoule Art Foundation, France.
- Project Education South Sudan
- The Starlight Foundation
- The Denver Polo Classic
- The Denver Foundation.