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$625.00 - $5,850.00

Michael Cutlip

Michaels recent works have strong roots in abstract expressionism, with balancing street vigor and fine-art flair. These works have bold shapes in electric colors that are placed randomly yet fit perfectly as a whole. The shapes found in his paintings are often ripped and jagged and made from collage. As the artist says, he is painting with paper, totally improvised, and the shapes are very impulsive. Each painting has something unique to it, giving it a flair or kick that makes it stand out. Definitely a statement piece. Creating abstract collage is a tricky craft, and Michael perfects this by balancing the right amount of form, color, function, and size.

Michael Cutlip (California, USA) is a multi-media artist with a self-proclaimed obsession with paper and draws on the raw energy of urban life when crafting his mixed media works. Mixing found paper and paint on panels, Michael creates abstract compositions that highlight the juxtaposition of color, form, and texture. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael was exposed to artistic endeavors at a young age through his mother, a writer and musician with a passion for arts and crafts. Despite his creative surroundings, he discovered art later in life, realizing his passion for visual expression in a drawing course he took at California State University, East Bay. Upon finding his true calling, Michael left his Business major to pursue a degree in Fine Art. Outside of his educational background, Michael considers his practice in many ways to be self-taught. Heavily influenced by graffiti and street art, his works showcase metropolitan life as seen through an abstract lens. Representational associations fade away as thick layers of paper and paint come together in an effortless balance of color and texture. Conceived in both individual and multi-panel installation works, Michaels collages reconstitute urban detritus into a vibrant reflection of our material environment. In addition to creating work of his own, the artist has worked as a private art instructor for the past four years, teaching workshops and ongoing weekly classes in his personal studio.

An artist with a following in the Bay Area and beyond, Michael’s exhibition history includes shows in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Vancouver, BC, and in 2014, he won the Alameda County Arts Commission Purchase Grant. Michaels work has been acquired by the corporate collections of Microsoft, Bloomingdales, Kaiser Permanente and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, to name a few. His work is also featured in the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara and is a part of notable private collections, including that of singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan.

BA (Studio Art and Business Administration), California State Un

  • 2013– Two Person Show, Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL, USA
  • 2013 – What’s So Funny, Village Theatre Gallery, Danville, CA, USA
  • 2012– Solo Show, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, USA
  • 2010– Solo Show, Jacana Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Canada