Michael Cutlip is a multi-media artist with quite the following in the Bay Area and beyond. Cutlip has a self-proclaimed obsession with paper and draws on the raw energy of urban life when crafting his mixed media works. His works are abstract compositions that highlight the juxtaposition of color, form and texture, and considers his practice in many ways to be self-taught. Heavily influenced by graffiti and street art, Cutlips work 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. In 2014, Cutlip won the Alameda County Arts Commission Purchase Grant and his works have 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 part of singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan’s private collection. Cutlipcurrently resides in Berkley, California, and has worked as a private art instructor for the past four years, teaching workshops and ongoing weekly classes in his personal studio.