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Now in the Judith Holiday Gallery

"Abstracting the Figure" Paintings by Michael Sampson

Mirage #4b (Moon Window)

Julie, Montreal

Artist's Statement:
My paintings start from figure drawings that I either paint on top of or transfer to
canvas. I am interested in gestural, quick compositions from the live model that I
can build on as my paintings progress. Though abstract, my paintings assert
multiple readings, which I very much allow and hope for in each piece.
I think of the model as a collaborator. I am finding shapes and lines in the model’s
body, but I am also making a picture about them. The colors and textures reveal
something I am conveying about the model, and as my muse the model breathes life
into my work which would not be there if I was not working with a model.