“Cheers” Mixed Media on Panel (40x40)

Cheers, 40x40, 2010, mixed on panel.jpg
Cheers, 40x40, 2010, mixed on panel.jpg
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“Cheers” Mixed Media on Panel (40x40)

5,700.00

Artist Michael Cutlip is a full-time artist living in Berkeley, CA with his family. His Mixed Media art work recieved a ton of attention throughout showcase. This one might be coming home with me. 

**Please contact Stephanie Breitbard of SB Fine Arts if interested in purchasing this item**

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Michael Cutlip:

 

"My materials are vast.  I don’t like to have limitations.  Anything goes in my studio…if it makes a mark, I will use it.  I draw inspiration from most that is naïve.  Children are, hands down, the best artists.  Their freedom and uninhibited nature taps into that certain energy which all mature artists seek their entire lives. Urban nature, street art, things old, vintage, warn-out, discarded, natural beauty in its abstract form and simply the moment, the moment of creation – where one move inspires the next.  One has to only open his eyes...beauty is everywhere.

 

The process is essential.  I work in the moment. In my experience, a planned painting is a failed painting.  The painting must be free to wander.  The best works are those that seem to simply happen. I rarely start out with an idea.  I prefer the work to take its own path.  I begin laying the paint down...usually in one or two bands across the panel. Then I proceed to dirty it up through sanding and scratching.  Sometimes I layer more paint down immediately and then sanding and scratching again. That process can occur over and over again, depending on the piece.  If the surface is starting to talk to me, then I start the mark making...drawing, stenciling, stamping, more scratching and more sanding.  Then at some point the images begin to work their way into the piece.  Sometimes one solo image and other times multiple characters will reveal themselves.  The imagery begins to tell a story of some sort, but that story is always a bit mysterious even in my own head.  I prefer the work to have a sort of mystery to it.  The story is very much in the eye of the beholder.  Once the painting feels to have arrived I work into the piece with oils and create a sort of "aged" patina.  I like the fact that these things appear to have been around forever, but at the same time feel new and fresh.”