Introduction



INTRODUCTION

“My work is about seeing. Authentic art is a search for truth, not just an illustration of the facts. When successful it resonates with the child in each of us…that part of us that is still able to play…to wonder…to pretend…to fantasize…and to believe in magic.”


Michael Gallagher is an established American Postwar & Contemporary artist whose work resides in the permanent collections of prestigious national art museums – Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian, to name a few. With exhibits in over seventy national and international museums and galleries, his subject, style, and technology continue to be the focus of curators, collectors, and scholars.

He is an abstract painter whose painting career began in SoHo, New York. He was a founder of the Abstract Illusionism movement that originated there in the 1970s. The defining elements of this style create the illusion of depth. Using paint as an element in its own right, it illusionistically floats both in front and behind the picture plane.

Today he is exploring diverse possibilities employing traditional and non-traditional tools and techniques – paint, pigment, collage, airbrush, and camera work in concert with large high-tech format digital cameras printers to create a dynamic, visual experience.

His inspiration and titles spring from experience, feeling, or emotion, time, or place that ignites in him a creative dialog. This visual vocabulary of composition, colors, shapes, lines, and forms is executed, edited, replaced, and destroyed as part of his creative process. Or, as often, he’s just working directly out of his head.

Gallagher’s work has always had at its core an expression of various dichotomies – real vs. illusion, order vs. chaos, rational vs. irrational, positive vs. negative. The process itself is one of editing, creating, and destroying until the work has a life of its own.