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The Portrait Issue | Interview with Michael Van Zeyl

I want to keep the beauty and equality in my work as a contrast to the world which is going in an ugly direction.
— Michael Van Zeyl

What risks are you taking as an artist?

I am trying to work larger and use thicker paint. Trying to find the right size and aesthetic to make the portrait/figure in my larger pieces and experimenting with different surfaces to paint on.

What brought you to the path you are on?

The constant feeling of wanting to experiment with paint texture and visual dimension. To change, evolve and refine. I want to keep the beauty and equality in my work as a contrast to the world that is going in an ugly direction.

Are you currently being represented by a gallery?

Yes by Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado and T.H. Brennen Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Are you satisfied with your career in the arts?

After visiting Art Basel for the fist time in December of 2016 I realized I could be doing some things differently and am looking to shift the focus of how and where my work is shown. Iā€™m working on developing larger and more contemporary composed looking paintings and hope to find representation with galleries which exhibit in the high profile fairs.

Abend Gallery (Denver, Colorado)
T.H. Brennen Gallery (Scottsdale, Arizona)

University of Chicago Divinity School
United States District Court, Milwaukee, WI
Sheikh Faisal Bin Qasem Al Thani Palace, Doha, Qatar
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Driehaus
Mrs. Kara Lysandra Ross
University of Chicago
Rush University Medial Center
DePaul University School of Law Chicago
Chicago Theological Seminary
American Hotel Register



Today is a dark day in Chicago in my #northlight studio. Working with the lights on. #oilpainting #oilonpanel #chicagoartist

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