Michael McNamara
biography of artist

Michael McNamaraArtist's Statement

My work reaches toward the soul of my subject, revealing both the drama in life, as well as the passion felt within my own heart. From my life's experiences, I bring forth the images in which I find inspiration, humanity, and emotion. Much of my work explores the complexities of the urban environment, both graphically through the geometric relationships of an intricate man-made infrastructure, and emotionally by depicting the effects and conditions which this environment creates for the community. Using color and value to establish the emotional impact of the subject, I emphasize the repetition of form and overlapping planes to create rhythm and space. It is a sense of spiritual content which binds it all together by revealing the struggle, as well as the beauty, which exist all around us yet so often times remain unnoticed.

Most of my work is painted on location in order to gain a better understanding and appreciation for the diversity of people and culture that exist within our communities, and to reach out a hand of friendship and respect by celebrating that diversity through art.

Exhibitions


2010 Art Embassies Group Exhibition, US State Department Ambassador's Residence, Tunis, Tunisia.

2010 Solo Exhibition with Jupiter Symphony, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, New York City.

2009 Solo Exhibition with Jupiter Symphony, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, New York City.

2009 Exhibition with Artist Scott Geyer, Jan Larsen Art Tribeca, New York City.

2008 Solo Exhibition with Jupiter Symphony, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, New York City.

2007 Solo Exhibition with Jupiter Symphony, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, New York City.

2006 Group Exhibitions with theXpo at Gallerie Jan Larsen Art, Inc., Brooklyn, New York.

2006 Solo Exhibition with Jupiter Symphony, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, New York City.

2005 Solo Exhibition, Melt, Jersey City, New Jersey.

2005 Solo Exhibition with Jupiter Symphony, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, New York City.

2004 Solo Exhibition "Paintings from Williamsburg", Superfine, Brooklyn, New York.

2004 Solo Exhibition with Jupiter Symphony, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, New York City.

2004 ASL Group Art Show, Galerie La Chapelle, New York City.

2003 Annual Holiday Exhibition, The Art Students League of New York, New York City.

2003 Solo Exhibition with Jupiter Symphony, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, New York City.

2003 100th Anniversary of the Williamsburg Bridge, Schroader Romero Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

2003 Annual Exhibition, Art Students League of New York, New York City.

2002 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, Pleiades Gallery, New York City. Juried by Larry Rinder.

2002 Armory Art Center International Competition 2002, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.

2001 59th Annual Exhibition, Audubon Artists Inc., New York City. Juried by Marion Behr, Ronald Glassman, Linda Adato, Armando Londono, Joseph Essic, and Yolanda Mesa.

2001 Solo Exhibition with Jupiter Symphony, The Culture Project, New York City.

2001 Nine Years of Figure Drawing, Spring Studio, New York City.

2000 42nd Annual Exhibition, Society of Illustrators Museum, New York City.

2000 Big Sisters Charity Auction, Beachgrove Golf & Country Club, Windsor, Ontario.

1999 54th Annual Advertising Art and Design Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan. Juried by Bonnie Folster and Marc Williams.

1999 After Hours, Colorforms Inc. Art Studio, Pleasant Ridge, Michigan.

1998 Small Works Show, Swann Gallery, Detroit, Michigan.

1997 52nd Annual Advertising Art and Design Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan.

1995 Art for AIDS Interface Network, Bunting Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan.

1994 49th Annual Advertising Art and Design Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan. Juried by Jane Cardillo. Gabrielle Meany, and Peter Neri.

1993 48th Annual Advertising Art and Design Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan. Juried by Carol Ward, Susan Skarsgard, and Stephen Schudlich.

1992 47th Annual Advertising Art and Design Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan. Juried by Michael Beens, Michael Cromwell, Al Evans, Mike Mikos, Claudia Hall Straud, and Professor Keith Vreeland.

Selected Commissions


Illustrations for the children's book "Where Do Elephants Stomp?" by Sheila Sweeny, Children's Television Workshop and Rigby, Crystal Lake, Illinois, 1999.

Poster Illustration, Washington State University/ BBDO Advertising, Southfield, Michigan, Sponsored by the Northwest Dodge Dealers, 1998.

Character designs and illustrations of Miss Chiquita, Chiquita Corporation/ W.B. Doner Advertising, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1998.

Poster Illustration, Detroit Zoo/ W.B. Doner Advertising, Royal Oak, Michigan, Sponsored by the Detroit Zoological Society, 1997.

Character Illustration for the animated film "The Pagemaster", Fox Video/ Pelican Pictures, Troy, Michigan, 1994.

Bibliography


Amy Lynn Smith, "Bringing Out the Animal in Illustrators", The Big Idea, March/ April. 1995.

Awards and Honors


Best of Show, Annual Exhibition, Figurative Ecorche, The Art Students League of New York, New York City, 2003.

First Prize, Second Prize, and Honorable Mention, Unpublished Editorial. 54th Annual Advertising and Design Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, 1999.

Third Prize. 52nd Annual Advertising and Design Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, 1997.

Second Prize, Self-Promotional Illustration, 49th Annual Advertising and Design Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan. Juried by Jane Cardillo, Gabrielle Meany, and Peter Neri, 1994.

Best of Category Award. The Detroit Caddy Awards, Detroit, Michigan. Juried by The Detroit Creative Directors Council, 1993.

First Prize Unpublished. 47th Annual Advertising and Design Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, 1992.

Education


Illustration Department, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan, B.F.A., 1988.

Art Students League of New York, New York City.

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