Linlk to his website: http://michaelwagnerfineart.com/ He went to school at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in the 1980s with a degree in Graphic Design. he originally when their for fine arts but "barely passed the class" because he and his teacher had strong differences in opinions in artistic approaches. Later in life he started working in law enforcement, which he believes helps him achieve a different outlook on human psychology than other artists that he can incorporate into his work. He stipulates that his art plays into his job, since the intense focus on his subject's face transfers transfers to the analyzation of his suspects to find any hint of deceit. A self labeled "Pop Realist," he attempts to bring colorful expression into the "face of action." He loves trying to capture not only the planes of the face, but also what is underneath the surface, especially in portraits of rock musicians, whose mystery and energy intrigue him.
Bono, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 36"x60"(painting of man to the right)
Tyson, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas, 8"x8"
John Lee Hooker,(date not listed on website), Acrylic on Canvas, 18"x24"
2019: work in progress from facebook, no real information to label.
I personally really like his work. The vibrancy of his color pieces and the way he just dots colors onto the canvas really appeals to me. He is probably not as messy of a painter as Coach Hall would like me to like, but I feel as though he somewhat creates small abstractions in the skin tones. For example the piece to the left is a collage of colored shapes that are not even being attempted to be blended into the rest of the skin. This subtle abstraction attracts me and I would want to try and incorporate some of that into my works. I also love his choice of subject: Famous people's faces. So nice, you can just find pictures of them on the interwebs and you are golden. Furthermore, his portraits are surprisingly dynamic and not super boring for portraits. I think he achieves this by utilizing his composition and the poses of the subjects, as well as alluring color play and weird facial expressions. I like his art and I feel it matches well with my goal of improved composition, so studying it would be beneficial to me.
Lenny, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas, 30"x24"
Interesting Bits from CV
Exhibits: 2015,2016,2017,2018: Sebastian Kruger Master Class (By Invitation Only) / Group Collaborative 2015: Black & White Gallery / Paris France 2015: International Twitter Art Exhibit/ Benefit for Non-Profit Home-Start Moss, Moss Norway. 2018: "Nevertheless She Persisted” / Love Art Gallery & Studio, Norwalk, CT Publications: Acrylic Works 5, “Bold Values,” April, 2018. Studio Visit Magazine, “Yearly Review,” April, 2018. Venu Magazine, “A Line Up Of Unforgettable Faces,” October, 2017. Aesthetica Magazine, “Archive Participant,” August, 2017. Studio Visit Magazine, “Yearly Review, Cover Feature,” November, 2016. Sublime Artist Zine, “Anniversary Special, Artist of the Year”, June 1, 2015. Stamford Daily Voice, “Stamford Police Officer Also Makes Mark As Accomplished Artist”, June 5, 2015 The Art Elephant, “Michael Wagner’s Musical Fine Art”, June 3, 2015