I’m pleased to share these wonderful paintings by celebrated New Jersey artist Michael Madigan. His current show at the Open Space Gallery in historic Frenchtown, NJ runs through August. Michael’s next major exhibition will be in November at Stricoff Fine Art in the heart of Chelsea, NYC.
“Projects in Ireland in 1997 and numerous subsequent visits there and to Southern England, Italy, Spain and the American southwest have influenced the nature of Madigan’s painting. Today his work explores the nature of memory, its structure and how it is modeled and changed by time. Although still quantified as “abstract” in an aesthetic sense, his work often escapes simple qualification. Madigan kindly dissuades viewers from such qualifications of his work; “It prejudices one to the narrowed view that the work is to be interpreted in some specific way, it limits the work’s evocative power.”
“….I’ve surrendered the illusion of controlling the evolution of my work. There are very specific sequences of process that are applied to the paintings to bring them into being, evolving color progressions and textural applications that build the physical presence of the piece. I find that through years of refining this process, if I invite surrender to the unknown early in the works evolution, then that surrender strengthens the final underpinnings of the piece. The evocative power of the work is somehow strengthened as my intent for the work is subsumed in its creation.”