Colorful Contemporary Paintings

Saint Cloud, Minnesota 47 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Colorful Contemporary Paintings

Saint Cloud, Minnesota | 47 Sales

Mickey Cunningham

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Mickey Cunningham


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About MickeyCunninghamArt

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I am an intuitive painter. I love color, texture, and tension between the real and the abstract.

For me, any day lost in painting is a good day. I think working with paint must feed my primordial desires for tactile sensation and mark making. The pleasure of mixing juicy color and stroking it onto canvas is very basic, yet painting also feeds complex desires for invention and harmony. Immersion in art is like meditation; it focuses my mind and leaves me better for it.

I first fell in love with plein air painting while attending college in Maine. In Minnesota, our summers are short, so I try to make the most of it by painting outdoors as much as possible. Although I often try to capture a sense of place when working outdoors, in much of my work my concern is less with capturing representational form than with inventing attractive compositions from the shapes, lines, and colors I perceive. I respond to the real world by searching for equivalent sensations in paint, but I often distort or change what I see if intuition or experimentation suggests something else would better serve the whole. I am unconcerned with meticulous detail or high finish. I aim for a spontaneous “alla prima” (all at once) style, yet my paintings are not always made in this fashion. Quite often, I layer color by scumbling, glazing, or scraping. Paint is intrinsically pleasing to me, so I like to accentuate this fact.

I have won various prizes and awards for my painting including several grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Central Minnesota Arts Board.

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Last updated on November 28, 2016

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