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About Michele Mikesell

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Shield of Ariadne is realist painting with a beautiful partial animal-human figure. It's around oil on birch wooden substrate with strong female portrait and horns.

“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 petroglyph 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, humour 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."

Michele Mikesell Shield of Ariadne, 2019

£4,600.00
H 76 cm x W 76 cm x D 5 cm
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About Michele Mikesell

About the artwork

Shield of Ariadne is realist painting with a beautiful partial animal-human figure. It's around oil on birch wooden substrate with strong female portrait and horns.

“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 petroglyph 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, humour 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."

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