Every month, Creative Gateways celebrates their resident artists with an honored focus on each person’s new works, source of inspiration, talent, and origin story. This month we are excited to turn the spotlight on Michael Colpitts. Join us for his opening reception Art of the Heart, on Friday, May 18th, from 5-8pm!
The Best is Still to Come
At Creative Gateways, Michael Colpitts has been continuing to outshine his past works with every new painting released. His techniques, materials, and influences are necessary elements in the never-ending development of his artistic style. A specific theme in Michael’s multi-dimensional pieces on both canvas and pedestals is showcasing international cultures and unexpected materials. Something we are excited to show this month is how his paintings combine texture with color to create a vibrant and ever-changing spectacle.
The Path Less Traveled
Though Michael originally was a pilot for TWA, he decided to pursue an unpredictable adventure, starting with packing up and moving to Ibiza, Spain, where he lived from 1975 to 1982. His extensive travels continued, eventually taking him to India where he began studying spiritual teachings. It was also here that he met his future wife Sumati, a ceramics artist herself. His work was created through multitude of inspirations, from the freedom of flight he experienced as a pilot, to the natives of the North African deserts, to the beauty of natural structures. Now a proud Sedona resident, Michael’s adventures and inspirations are continuously reflected in his artwork.
Growth is Key
It was only when Michael noticed what texture could do for his ceramic pieces that he began experimenting how he could implement that into his two dimensional work. The beautiful finished works were not created through flawless executions, but through trial and error with different techniques and styles. Michael was able to extend his paintings past the flat canvas through layers of different materials such as the use of gesso, fabrics and papers, light charcoal, modeling paste, grog, sand, thick oil colors, acrylic washes, and transparent oil washes. Adding these materials to create a three dimensional perspective created multiple avenues to viewing his works.
This revised style changed how people could view his works. Instead of seeing the same image no matter where the audience was, he created multiple viewing experiences in each piece. On one hand, when up close with his pieces, one could see the different materials and textures implemented. On the other hand, when viewed from a farther distance, all the different parts of the piece work together to create a balanced work of art. The best part is that this concept is constantly being developed and improved upon with each new painting he creates!
The Experience Makes It
Be sure to visit the Creative Gateways gallery to see many of the breathtaking pieces by Michael that will be on display at the opening reception of “Art of the Heart: Artist Spotlight” on Friday, May 18th from 5-8pm!