‘The Stoning of St. Stephen‘ is one of a series of life-size figurative works I started in 1988,” Michaels explains. “The paintings were inspired in part by the masters of the 16th and 17th centuries. In this work I wanted to present a drama, as if on stage, that moment just before St. Stephen’s martyrdom. The actors frozen in time, they are posturing, gesturing, playing up to an audience (us), which gives the work, I believe, a chilling contemporary effect.
The Polk Museum of Art is hosting the exhibition James Michaels: Passion for Paint. On Friday, December 8th at 12:15 pm Michaels will give a slide presentation and talk at the museum. It will cover his fine art career, not just the style currently on exhibit. Come early, Michaels will answer questions in the exhibit gallery.
Michaels’ exhibition will be featured during a segment of A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts on Sunday, December 3, sometime between 8 and 10 am. (Ch. 48 on standard cable, 692 on HD, and DirectTV Ch. 265)
Michaels’ art in the Raymond James collection.
An essay on Michaels by Todd Behrens, Curator of Art at the Polk Museum of Art.
James and Julia Michaels – Photo CC by Chuck Welch