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Michael Munz

Among the Pines

Michael Munz is a Chester County artist who creates oil paintings on canvas and also full size acrylic wall murals. His style is influenced by the dramatic use of color of the French and American Impressionists and Post- Impressionists. Although he is a great admirer of the Impressionists, his brushes and pallet knives seem to find their own way in twenty first century creative expression.

French Impressionist, Claude Monet, said “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Although Michael Munz can just appreciate this quote, he does submit that color, after design and value, is, by far, the most essential compositional aspect in painting; subject matter being less important. Michael says, “When looking at a painting, the eye should do some of the work, to realize the essence of the art, and to inspire the viewer’s emotional reaction.” Michael emphasizes color because he believes that it can describe a scene in ways that figurative detail and subject matter cannot; since color is the fabric in the creative imagination of the artist; necessary (along with skill to produce an aesthetically pleasing object) in what we can call “Art”.

Michael’s oil paintings have been award First and Second prizes in recent juried art shows. He has had two individual artist exhibits in the local area. One of his oil paintings hangs in the University of Washington Mathematics Department. He has a small following of patrons, throughout the country, who return to acquire additional original oil paintings for their collections. His art has been used in promotional material for the 50th annual Anacortes Arts Festival. He has successfully participated in the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild’s “Art in Public Places”.

He also does commissioned, original acrylic wall murals. My paintings are ready to hang or frame, using archival quality canvas and artist materials currently recommended by nationally recognized artists.

He can be reached at alivemike70@gmail.com; and phone number 425-299-6701