Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Painting within the paint

Young artist finds his own process

Express Staff Writer

"Three" by Michael Brunswick. Oil painting on canvas at the Anne Reed gallery.

Michael Brunswick's oil-based paintings have been created from the invention of his own paint. The surface of his paintings have bumps and tiny pieces trapped within the paint, which create the sensation of wanting to touch the work, but that is not advisable.

"You can't really touch the paintings," said Brunswick. "I like the conflict to want to touch the work, but you can't."

Brunswick is a young artist who lives in Los Angeles, Calif., and has been featured as one of 45 Painters Under 45 in the Los Angeles Times. He was in attendance at the Anne Reed gallery for Gallery Walk on Friday, Feb. 15. His work is part of the gallery's exhibition, "Art Basel/Miami/Anne Reed Gallery: Exceptional Works Discovered."

"It is an organic, life-like process to make the paintings," Brunswick said. "There are a lot of layers, lots of glaze and it's grueling to paint on your hands and knees."

Brunswick does not use a brush but another canvas to do his work, and the paint is made of raw-oil-based pigments similar to what Rembrandt and DaVinci used for their paintings.

"It's what lasted through the ages," Brunswick said. "I have a chemical process going on, which eats itself alive, and what's left is a fossil."

Brunswick does not use water and does not sand his work. It's paint with paint. Through his creative process of mixing, he has created his own colors, which is one of the more noticeable aspects to his work. It is not a cheap process, but Brunswick requires good materials to create his work, making his pieces very unusual.

Brunswick will be featured through March at the Anne Reed gallery in Ketchum.

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