Marcus Michels received an MFA for painting from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2004. Prior to that he had earned an MA in painting from Eastern Illinois University and a BFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Michels works from his studio in Mississippi.
"I construct original compositions based on direct observation of forms in nature. Specially, my work involves the figure in an interior/studio environment. My paintings are a response to the formal relationships between the elements of color, light and shape. The gesture of the figure adds a sense of fluidity and ties together the formal elements of the composition in a way that engages our own sense of movement and physicality.
I prepare for a final painting by creating numerous smaller scale linear and tonal works. I use these preparatory works as stepping stones in the creation of one essential, final design. Distilling into singular 2D form the many rich observable conditions of nature, I seek to convey the subtleties of light, temperature and atmosphere as these impact our visual perception of the figure. A natural, yet ephemeral condition is paused for our reflection. Painting communicates in a glance that which cannot be said simply."