James Michaels: Presentation for Paint

Julia and James Michaels

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.

More information:

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

2 thoughts on “James Michaels: Presentation for Paint

  1. I own an oil on board painting by James Michaels. It is a painting of a mouse and is wirtten on the back “The mouse flapped his arms so hard trying to fly I could see the preliminary pencil stetch under the oil paiting.”

    Can you tell me if this is the same James Michaels as shown at your gallery and if this is a one of a kind paiting or series? Also, the value if known.

    Thank you,
    Barbara Wuertz

  2. I own an oil on board painting by James Michaels. It is a painting of a mouse and is wirtten on the back “The mouse flapped his arms so hard trying to fly I could see the preliminary pencil stetch under the oil paiting.”

    Can you tell me if this is the same James Michaels as shown at your gallery and if this is a one of a kind paiting or series? Also, the value if known.

    Thank you,
    Barbara Wuertz

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