MICHAEL ADAM ALPERT
As a muralist, Michael Alpert began experimenting with innovative ways to invigorate and energize everyday surroundings. He developed groundbreaking textures and finishes for the walls on which his murals were painted, expanding the palette of what was available in the medium. These textures would soon play a very apparent and expressive role in his paintings. Using sheetrock as his canvas and house paint as his medium, he painted portraits resulting in a highly dimensional interpretation of his subjects that has redefined traditional portraiture.
His paintings of people, especially children, are raw and real, yet remain sensitive to detail; not only the surface details, but also exposing the interior life and emotions of his subjects. His focus on the eyes of his subjects displays a concise realism which transcends the visual and draws the viewer into the realm of the spirit. The result is a very honest living image.
Michael says of his work, “The eyes allow me entry into understanding who that child is, but then I must protect that innocence and vulnerability, so I drop veils of color over them." Never content with the surface, Michael insists on understanding his subjects, conversing with them until their inner life is revealed.
Michael received his training at the High School of Music Art, The Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute, where he graduated with honors. He subsequently freelanced as an illustrator, working with Oscar De La Renta, American Express, Donna Karan, Neiman Marcus, and Arnell Bickford, to name a few. His commercial work transitioned to larger mediums, and he was commissioned to paint huge murals for clients such as Sony Theatre, Magic Johnson Theatres, Planet Hollywood and numerous restaurants nationally and internationally.
Michael has spent the last 4 years transitioning from Murals and decorative finishes to large format digital images that he paints both in the computer, using photo shop, and actually on the printed image where he has developed ways to treat the surface so that it not only holds the paint and other materials, but also makes the photo paper, usually very easy to crease, now hard to, and that adds life to the image. His works have already been collected by many private residential clients for their art portfolios. Michael is now looking to expand his client base and get into venues where his work can have an even larger audience.
What is unique in my work is that I can paint, as I was trained as a classical painter, and I love the digital image and have spent years perfecting how to merge the two in a single image. Pair this ability with the ability to see the subtleties in the movement of life and focus to direct the image to become a very powerful and memorable piece of art.
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