Michael Sorgatz

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My paintings of urban landscapes depict the constant evolution of the city, its parks, architecture, and people. I’m attracted to the energy of crowds and the interactions that take place on the streets. Using an improvisational method, I apply the paint with a variety of tools such as brushes and painting knives. This technique gives the canvas a highly textured surface as layers of paint are applied to build the image. As I continue to work on a picture the layers accumulate, creating a three dimensional landscape with overlapping ridges and slabs of paint. My work is inspired by reality but stands on its own as a creative exploration of the basic elements of art — line, color, and form.


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about the artist

Currently living in NYC, Michael Sorgatz was born in Chicago and lived in California, where he earned a BFA degree at the Art Institute of Southern California. He’s had a life long interest in art and has worked in a variety of media including: oil and acrylic paint, encaustic, watercolor, bronze casting, and printmaking. In 2008, he created Art in Brooklyn, a website promoting local artists.

  • Education
  • Art Institute of Southern California, BFA
  • New York Academy of Art

exhibitions

  • 2010
  • Breukelen Coffee House, Spread the Love Group Exhibit, Brooklyn
  • Sweet Lorraine Gallery, New and Used Paintings Exhibit (with John Tebeau), Brooklyn
  • 2009
  • Spoke the Hub, Solo Exhibit, Brooklyn
  • Red Horse Cafe, Solo Exhibit, Brooklyn
  • Hudson Guild Gallery, Jazz and Art Group Exhibit, NYC
  • 2008
  • Annual Gowanus Art Studio Tour, Brooklyn
  • Fall Cafe, Solo Exhibit, Brooklyn
  • Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC
  • 2005
  • Gowanus Artist’s Studio Tours
  • Ninth Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Group Show
  • 2002
  • Laguna College of Art & Design, Juried Alumni Exhibition

publications

Crawford, Louise. “The 2009 Park Slope 100.” Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn, December 2009

“Making an Impression.” Insight Magazine, 2009, Vol II Issue 3: 62-67

Scales, Claude. “Jazz and the Visual Art.” Self-Absorbed Boomer, May 2009
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Nash, Jennie. “Inspiration Improvisation.” Meet Your Muse, January 2009

“En plein air.” A Year in the Park, July 2008

artist statement

My paintings of urban landscapes depict the constant evolution of the city, its parks, architecture, and people. I’m attracted to the energy of crowds and the interactions that take place on the streets. Using an improvisational method, I apply the paint with a variety of tools such as brushes and painting knives. This technique gives the canvas a highly textured surface as layers of paint are applied to build the image. As I continue to work on a picture the layers accumulate, creating a three dimensional landscape with overlapping ridges and slabs of paint. My work is inspired by reality but stands on its own as a creative exploration of the basic elements of art — line, color, and form.

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