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About the Artist

Based in Munich, Germany, Michael is a Senior Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. With no formal training in fine art (Michael's formal education is in accounting and law), Michael is a self-taught painter who has relied on practice, casual advice, books and videos to develop his painting techniques since he began painting in 2012.

Michael favours representational art with the aim of giving the viewer a high sense of realism and to create the illusion of life. Michael prefers still life motives, but will occasionally experiment with new adventures.

 

Exhibitions, Special Acknowledgement and Awards

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DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( February )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Federation Showcase" [Online] Exhibition ( March )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Small" Exhibition ( April )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( April )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Landscapes" Exhibition ( May )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "365" [Online] Exhibition ( May )

National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society, On-Line International Spring 2022 Exhibition BEST STILL LIFE ( spring )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "On the Edge" [Online] Exhibition ( June )

 

2021

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( February )

Light Space & Time Online Gallery, Figurative Exhibition, FIRST PLACE ( April )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Landscapes" [Online] Exhibition ( May )

National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society, On-Line International Spring 2021 Exhibition ( spring )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( May )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Vancouver Salon" Exhibition HONOURABLE MENTION ( June )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Signature Exhibition" ( June )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Limitless" [Online] Exhibition HONOURABLE MENTION ( July )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( June )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Small" Exhibition ( August )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( August )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Annual International Representational" Exhibition SECOND PLACE ( September )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( September )

 

2020

[ Not active ]

 

2019

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( January )

Awarded SENIOR MEMBER status ( SFCA ) by the Federation of Canadian Artists ( March )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Success" Exhibition ( March )

[ Not active remainder of year ]

 

2018

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Active Members" Exhibition ( January )

Emerging Artist Art Muse Contest, FINALIST ( January )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( March )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( April )

Emerging Artist Art Muse Contest, WINNER ( April )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Go Figure" Exhibition ( May )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Small, Smaller, Smallest" Exhibition HONOURABLE MENTION ( August )

 

2017

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Works on Paper" Exhibition ( January )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Active Members" Exhibition ( January )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( February )

Emerging Artist Art Muse Contest, FINALIST ( March )

Jack Meier Gallery Representation Award Competition, FINALIST ( March )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Ode to Oils" Exhibition FIRST PLACE ( April )

DPW Painting Contest FIRST PLACE ( April )

National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society, On-Line International Spring 2017 Exhibition ( spring )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( July )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Small, Smaller, Smallest" Exhibition ( August )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( September )

 

2016

Federation of Canadian Artists, Admitted as an Active Member ( January )

Light Space & Time Online Gallery, Landscapes Exhibition, SPECIAL MERIT AWARD ( April )

National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society, On-Line International Spring 2016 Exhibition ( spring )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( April )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( May )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Limitless" On-Line Exhibition HONOURABLE MENTION ( summer )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Postcard" On-Line Exhibition ( summer )

Light Space & Time Online Gallery, Figurative Exhibition, HONOURABLE MENTION ( July )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Small, Smaller, Smallest" Exhibition ( August )

Federation of Canadian Artists, "Scenes from Western Canada" Exhibition HONOURABLE MENTION ( September )

G25N Gallery, "Red 2" On-Line Exhibition ( September )

 

2015

DPW Painting Contest SECOND PLACE ( February )

Gateway to Sedona Artist Competition FINALIST ( May )

Art-competition.net Still Life II HONOURABLE MENTION ( July )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( November )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( December )

 

2014

Featured Artist in "Fine Art News" ( September )

Boldbrush Painting Competition FINALIST ( October )

DPW Painting Contest JUDGE'S PICK ( November )

 

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Brian Sherwin, Editor of "The Art Edge" notes that Michael's "brilliantly detailed paintings capture the warmth and comfort of country living. The work I viewed offers a nostalgic quality... reminding viewers of a bygone era".

 

"Informed Collector" notes that Michael´s "art shares the reality of the subject and leaves the viewer feeling like a unique, personal experience has been created just for them".

 

Colin Page, judge in the January 2018 Art Muse Contest remarks that "Detail like this is obviously hard to pull off, but it’s even more impressive when the painting stays fresh. This is a painting about soft transitions and a gentle touch, and it’s executed very well. Even the flat black background has character. The color sense is one of rich and subtle grays, and they work very well together." ( Making Pie I )

 

Michael Godfrey, judge in the April 2018 Art Muse Contest remarks that "I loved everything about this work…it’s bold design, abstractions, dramatic lighting and narrative elements. The artist has deftly infused a sense of anticipation and tension in the work by the composition and point of view." ( Sitting. Waiting. )