Monday, July 24, 2017

"REAL. W3ird" Artist Spotlight - Michele Tragakiss

Join us for the opening of "REAL. W3ird." on August 12 at Southington Community Cultural Arts!  - More Info HERE
"The Left"
Michele Tragakiss
Michele received her BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and studied graphic design for an additional year at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After working many years in graphic design she decided to stay home and raise her two boys. 2013 marked a return to her roots as a fine artist. Her most recent series of paintings attempt to bridge the gap between the dream world and reality.

Pulling from an otherworldly place and using multiple layers of paint and glaze, I hope to bring forth a personal story—a visual stream of (sub) consciousness. Most often my paintings begin with only a color scheme in mind. At the start of my work I spread paint in an exhilarating period of complete freedom, energy and expression. Moving paint around the canvas, I’m guided only by my gut and instincts - one color guides another, one shape dictates the next. After this initial development the real work begins—the work of tearing down and rebuilding. There is always struggle  before the resolution but it is in the act of painting that a narrative emerges and perhaps even some meaning from this mysterious place”.

Exhibition History
BWAC Wide Open 8 National Art Show - Brooklyn, NY  2017
Saatchi Art - “Inspired by Cy Twombly” collection 2017
Hartford ArtSpace Gallery - 20th Anniversary Exhibition - Hartford, CT. 2017
SoCCA Juried art competition - Southington, CT. - 2017
Light Space &Time Online Gallery - Abstracts competition - Special Recognition and Special Merit award -  2017
Light Space & Time Online Gallery - City Scape's Competition - Special Merit Award and Special Recognition Award - 2017
Niji - Featured artist of the week - 2016
Paris in Plantsville "FIN-End of an Era" group exhibit - Plantsville, Ct. - 2016
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - Abstracts Collection Special Merit Award - 2016
Paris in Plantsville - 6th Annual Juried Exhibit - Plantsville, CT. - 2016
ABEX 2015 Hartford ArtSpace Gallery Hartford, CT. - 2015
Artist of the Day - Saatchi Art 2015
8th Annual Berkshire Salon - North Adams, MA. - 2015
OCAC Gallery Art Showcase - Oxford, CT. - 2015
Paris in Plantsville 5th Annual Juried Exhibition - Plantsville, CT. Juror's Award - 2015
MAC650 Gallery - 2D Winter Juried Exhibit - Middletown, CT. - 2014
Paris in Plantsville, Life and Death” Visual Interpretation of the Human Experience, Plantsville, CT. - 2014
Saatchi Art - “New this Week" Nov. - 2014
Short list - Moxy Milan Blank Canvas competition sponsored by Talent House - Milan, Italy - 2014
Castle Fitzjohns 12×12 – New York, New York - 20142
MAC650 Gallery, Juried exhibit - Middletown, CT. - 2014
Oxford Arts and Cultural Center Juried exhibit – Oxford, CT. Best in Show - 2014
Paris In Plantsville Juried exhibit – Plantsville, CT. – Honorable Mention - 2014
David Hunt Gallery - Falls Village, CT. - 2013
Studio Visit Magazine - Summer 2016 edition
Niji - Featured artist of the week - 2016 Art Blog - Featured artist of the week - 2016
ProteusMag online art blog, “Artist of the Day” 2015
Solo exhibitions:
The Art Gallery at Shutter Speed - Middlebury, CT. July 2016
Oxford Art's and Cultural Center - Oxford, CT.
Cachion Gallery/Southbury Public Library - Southbury, CT. - 2016
Gallery 13 - Danbury, CT. - 1994
Three Person Shows:
Laurie Klein Gallery, Brookfield, CT. - 1994

Laurie Klein Gallery, Brookfield, CT. - 1993

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