Marcus Michels

Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Foundations

MFA - Painting, Indiana University

MA - Painting, Eastern Illinois University

BFA - Painting/Drawing, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale



Artist Statement

In my work I seek the essence of human interaction, in the spoken and unspoken ways people communicate with each other through body language and gesture.  Painting the figure in the interior is a way for me to give the viewer a somewhat voyeuristic look into the figure’s anxiety, urgency, or obliviousness to tension.  My paintings are about realizing the complexity of human behavior while celebrating its inherent ambiguity and mystery.  The act of painting is an attempt to communicate things that cannot be said simply.


Current CV-  marcusmichelscvcurrent2012usm.pdf