Michael Filan

Artist Statement

My painting process has become brushless. The gestures, drips and splashes that unite my work have become increasingly more intricate over time and address viewers in a language that is private, intense and consistently self-referential. Within the context of abstraction, I am constantly inventing a new vocabulary that employs gesture, form and notation. The intensity of color is used as a mystical guide that leads me through the creation process. Spacial planes are created on the painting's surface that offer resting points for viewers to pause before further embarking on a journey of exploration. -Michael Filan


Michael Filan's paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums including the Jane Voorhees Zimmerliu Art Museum of Rutgers University; the Koussevitzky Art Gallery of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield Massachusetts; the JMS Gallery in Philadelphia; the Nicholas F. Rizzo Gallery in Chatham, New Jersey; and the Berlin Kuntsproject in Germany. In New York City he has had exhibitions at Artists Space; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; the Atrium Gallery of Laguardia Community College; the Landmark Gallery; the Lobby Gallery of the Durst Corporation; the Mary Anthony Gallery; and the Shirley Fitterman Gallery of City College University of New York. His work is in corporate, public and private collections, including those of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Pfizer Corporation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Colgate Palmolive Corporation, and Sally Bingham.


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