Michael Welch

"Mykl"

"Abstract Fusion"

The art of merging different styles, genres and techniques into its own identity. .

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A visual desert tray of color and expression. 
Expressing the world through acrylic on canvas.

There are so many ways to view the world around us. 
Expression is a gift. I express myself accordingly. 




 

The Art of Mykl

Abstract Fusion
(A playful gravitas)

Artist: Michael Welch
Signature: Mykl

Representation:
Gallery 24, Los Gatos, CA
https://www.lggallery24.org/

I am an award-winning contemporary artist in the San Francisco Bay Area
where I am at the stage where I no longer merely paint.
I play with paint. 

I love starting a piece without an end objective. 
It seems like such pure expression to discover as I apply paint, texture and marks, 
working it until it tells me to step away. 

Additionally, I am a very productive artist. 
I finished 73 paintings in 2021 a
nd have already passed that number in mid August this year. 


I am also at the point where I can coin a term to define the current stage i
n the evolution of my work, 
Abstract Fusion. 

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ABSTRACT FUSION



Fu·sion

/ˈfyo͞oZH(ə)n/
noun
the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity


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(Quote from a fellow artist to me: “I like that, “abstract fusion!” And it fits like a glove. Your art transcends boundaries and genres like good jazz. It spans a gamut, some of it abstract, some of it more representational with a graphic style. The “fusion” works across the board even if it’s not always abstract.”)

 
 Fusing abstract space with the objective creates depth of appreciation with the painted space. It’s a style I stumbled on unexpectedly. It deemed worthy of further exploration to the point where I now have enough pieces ready for at least two shows. 

 

 
1-408-656-0669
michael.welch@yahoo.com
https://www.myklstudios.com/
Instagram: @mykl1950

Representation:
Gallery 24, Los Gatos, CA
www.lggallery24.org


Latest Works

"Lost in Transit"


Juried in:
Critic's Choice Award
Kennedy Rd. Art Show 2022: "Reflections" 
Los Gatos, CA 
Will Mahler, Critic


20 x 20

"San Jose Freight Train"


24 x 30

"Blue Away"


24 x 36

"Mo' Vibes"


12 x 16

"Cloud Beach"


20 x 24

"The Reunion"


20 x 24

"Invasive Blue"


20 x 24

"The Unfolding"

Diptych
(The Reunion & Invasive Blue)


40 x 48

"Happy Hour"

24 x 24

"A Whole Lot of Nowhere"

Triptych
(The Reunion, Invasive Blue & Happy Hour)



24 x 64

"Anthony Bourdain

SOLD


24 x 36

"Neil Young"


20 x 20

"The Promise of Beauty"


30 x 40

"Baga, Spain"


20 x 24

"Suspension of Disbelief"


24 x 24

"Absolution"


24 x 24

"The Grapevine"


36 x 36

"Fiesta"


30 x 40

"Chablis"

An abstraction of a chablis grape cluster


36 x 36

"The Planned Community"

A study in texture


30 x 40

"Under the Boardwalk"


36 x 36

"Blue Grotto"


A scene off the coast of Capri


24 x 48

"The Beet Goes On"


20 x 24

"Turn the Beet Around"


20 x 20

"Inflorescence"


24 x 36

"Self Depiction"


24 x 24

"The Voyagers"

Juried in:
Finalist, UArt Competition 2022
Redwood City, CA

UArt Open, University Art Center, Redwood City, CA - 2022
   Juror: Kelly Detweller,
Professor of Art, Santa Clara University



I enjoy creating an abstract painting and sketching-in something from history. Many migrants do not get much respect, although we all stand on their shoulders. We owe them. So it felt like an honor to represent them in a contemporary style. The Voyagers traveling in search of a better life. Aren't we all?


24 x 24

"A Better Place"


May this be a reminder we are all in some stage of this situation. Everyone seeks a better place. It's a constant. We are all migrants in the fingers of time. The will to live, survive and thrive is a force we all share. From our ancestors to where we are now, you are in this image,.



24 x 48

"Priorat, Spain"


24 x 36


"Overcome By Suggestion"


30 x 40


"Inflorescence"


24 x 36


"Blue Envy"

Triptych

24 x 36


"A Portrait of Buckminster Fuller: Call Me Trimtab"

Juried in:
Awarded Honorable Mention in the Greater Bay Area Open (GBAO) art competition. Currently on display in the NUMU museum is Los Gatos, CA.
Show Dates: February 4, 2022 – March 12, 2022.
   Jurors: Preston Metcalf & Julie Ericsson


20 x 24


"Myself"

(Self Portrait)


20 x 24


"Selfie"

(Self Portrait)


20 x 24


"Self Plagiarism"

(Self Portrait)


20 x 24


"The Chef"

A portrait of Anthony Bourdain.

24 x 36


"Michael Jackson"

24 x 24

"Potrero Hill"

San Francisco Scene

24 x 24


"A Hundred Feet From Home"

Cahalan Park Scene

24 x 24


Earlier Works

"Capitola Dreaming"

24 x 30 on gallery-wrapped canvas

Capitola Village is one of my happy places, a little gem on the coast just south of Santa Cruz, about a 35 minute drive from home. I love quaint, colorful places. 

"Big Sur Afternoon"

30 x 40 on gallery-wrapped canvas

While I am now very satisfied with this piece,..keep reading...

This one totally kicked my ass. It took a whole week to finish, working on it 6 to 8 hours a day. 
I started liking it toward the end, but it was a massive challenge. For one, it was based on a pic that was too obscure and dark to sketch out so many basics shapes. So I had to fill them in as I went along, a long grueling task. I tried several approaches and settled on putting it together piece by piece, not unlike a mosaic. I finally decided to go for a style similar to some of the landscape paintings you see on Italian ceramics like some I saw just north of Positano.


"Mayacamas Barrel Room" 

Juried in:
Los Gatos Art Association, Los Gatos, CA
Online Member’s Juried Show, Fall 2021


24 x 30  on gallery-wrapped canvas

Back in 2016 our Intensive Sommelier Training class went on a field trip to Mayacamas Winery in Napa. 
I took this shot because of the interesting perspective.. 

Mayacamas does not typically encourage a lot of visitors, but we were with Ian Cauble, the Master Sommelier of "Somm" fame on Netflix. He has clout. The wines were stunning.


"Porto Venere, Cinque Terre"

30 x 40 on gallery-wrapped canvas

It took sixteen days to finish this piece. I took this shot on the dock after leaving the ferry while visiting this Italian village in 2019 to fulfill a bucket list destination dream. And it certainly did not disappoint.





"Tomorrow Bay"

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.9 x 12




"The Final Visit" 

16 x 20 on gallery-wrapped canvas




"Self Portrait" 

18 x 18 on gallery-wrapped canvas




"Garden Envy"

SOLD

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. 24 x 36




"Gardenscape"

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. 16 x 20




"Signs of Life"

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. 24 x 36




"Bonnie"

SOLD

Juried in
Art Fluent, International Art Exhibit, 2022
Theme: "Within"

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. 24 x 24






"October Bloom"

Juried in to Marin Society of Artists: Artist's Vision 2020 - An International Juried Fine Arts Exhibition. 
January 15 - March 14, 2022

Juror:  JEN TOUGH 

Jen Tough Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Acrylic/Mixed Media on gallery-wrapped canvas. 36 x 36.
Tasteful extravagance seeks a space on your wall.




"Sun Peace"

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. 30 x 40

SOLD


"Ben Gupta"

Acryli on gallery-wrapped canvas.. 24 x 24

SOLD



"Sidnie Waller: I Am With You"

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. 24 x 30. 

SOLD

Sidnie was killed in a car accident. Her friend was driving under the influence and Sidnie lost her life..




"Sincerely Yours" 

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. 24 x 30





"The Understated Incident at Martial Cottle Park"

24 x 24 on gallery-wrapped canvas

I thought I'd tone it down for the sake of subtlety and elegance on this one, he said boldly. 

This park is about a half mile from where I live and I ride my electric bike here often. 

"The Proposal"

Juried in:

Ark Ark Gallery, San Jose, CA
August 18 - September 15, 2021


24 x 24 on gallery-wrapped canvas

A friend took a pic of a couple at the famed "The Bean" sculpture in Chicago two years ago. He gave me permission to use it. After I finished, many people tried to find the couple to let them know this painting of them existed. Note: Hair colors, clothing and other details have been changed for privacy and legal purposes. 

"Down Time" 

Juried in:
Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, CA
August 18 - September 15, 2021

24 x 30 on gallery-wrapped canvas

"A Nook in Old Town Rhodes" 

Juried in:
Los Gatos Art Association, Los Gatos, CA - Online Member’s Juried Show, Fall 2021


24 x 36 on gallery-wrapped canvas

From a pic I took while visiting the island of Rhodes, Greece

"Monterey Soliloquy"

SOLD

Juried in:
Los Gatos Art Association, Los Gatos, CA - Online Member’s Juried Show, Fall 2021

30 x 40


Water can be challenging, but not this time. I lived in Monterey for eight years not long after I left Iowa for good. Such a special spot on the planet. 

I was a sculptor most of the time I lived here and sold every piece, mostly to a gallery here on the wharf. But the welding fumes were getting to me, so I reluctantly moved on to cartooning an illustration for several years. So Monterey and this wharf are bookmarked in my soul. "

"Palo Alto Interlude"

Juried in:
Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
December 2 - 31, 2021. Group show.
"Botanicals"


https://www.laslagunaartgallery.com/2021botanical

24 x 36 on gallery-wrapped canvas



I love downtowns with hidden alcoves like this, a perfect place to engage the mental and emotional clutch and enjoy the beauty around you.


When I sketched this onto the canvas, painting it was like untangling a ball of yarn with all the intersecting lines. Every piece is like a jigsaw puzzle, and the brushstrokes are the puzzle pieces.

Then there is that moment when you stop and step back and look at the painting and it feels good. 
It's coming together nicely. And you can't wait to finish it and enjoy it for a while 
before starting the next piece.


This little area in Palo Alto is a respite from all concerns. I
 hope this painting serves the same purpose for you as it does for me.

"Cahalan Park"

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

24 x 36

Sometimes a painting just happens. It paints itself almost as if the brush was being channeled. 
This is one of those paintings.

"Pienza Dreaming" 

20 x 30

I like the idea of taking a pastoral scene and setting it on fire with color. I try to create spectrums within a painting, in fact with all the art I have been involved with. 


In this case, the sky has only touch of clouds, a degree above subtle. The trees on the right have white swirled in, the trees on the upper left scream a bit in orange as well as a spectrum of other colors. 

There are two focal points, the fiery orange on the treetops on the upper left along with the three white cloud puffs above it, and the stone building.  The car is a minor focal point. I left it white to not let it upstage anything. It's a minor addition like a plot point in a screenplay. 


The sky and distant grounds are display subtle movement in contrast with the intensity of the color 

highlights on the trees and more detailed stone building. 

Originally I had a mountain range in the background, but decided to drop the sky down to create a more atmospheric, moody feel to create the curvature of the earth. 

When I first think the piece is finished, I consult with Ginny and Jeremy and set it on the corner counter in the kitchen/family room and sit back to study it and allow my inner critic to have voice. I try to figure out the spectrums and contrasts, then take it back it for finality. In this case, I thought I was finished at least five times. I went to bed last night satisfied with it after posting it, then I woke up and decided it was still in need of more color and expression, so I went back and worked it some more for three more touch ups. Maybe I'm finished now.)

2022

He Ain't Heavy 

24 x 30


Pappy and Cappy

24 x 24


Ginny

20 x 24

The Pinot Place

Juried in:
Kennedy Road Art Show 2022
"Reflections"
Los Gatos
   
Juror: Will Maher



20 x 24

In the Vineyard

SOLD
20 x 20

April in Manahattan

22 x 28


Ben

(Tribute to Ben Gupta, RIP)

SOLD

24 x 24

Celebrities & Heroes

"Joni"

A portrait of Joni Mitchell


SOLD


20 x 24

"Lady of the Canyon, Joni Mitchell"

20 x 24

"James Taylor and Joni Mitchell in Laurel Canyon"

20 x 24

"Joni Mitchell"

18
 x 24

"Neil Young"

20 x 20

"Peace and Love, Ringo Starr"

20 x 20

"George Harrison"

24 x 30

"Last Train Home, Pat Metheny"

24 x 24

"Freeing the Forbidden"

A portrait of Nelson Mandela

Juried in
Pacific Grove Public Library, Pacific Grove, CA.
October 4, 2022– January 6, 2023
“Remember, Rise, Revitalize”
A Fine Art Juried Show 

20 x 24

"The Stones"

20 x 24

"Michael Jackson"

24 x 24

"Black Wives Matter"

Juried in
Pacific Grove Public Library, Pacific Grove, CA.
October 4, 2022– January 6, 2023
“Remember, Rise, Revitalize”
A Fine Art Juried Show 

36 x 36

"RBG"

A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Juried in:
Diversia: UN Calendar 2022 - May 2022

24 x 30

"Raindog Cafe"

A Portrait of Tom Waits

24 x 24

" Hermann Hesse"

German author: Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, The Glass Bead Game

24 x 24

"Charles Bukowski"

Poet, Novelist, Anti-Hero

24 x 30

"Miles Davis: Blue in Green"

SOLD

30 x 48

"Anthony Bourdain"

SOLD

24 x 36

"The Chef"

A Portrait of Anthony Bourdain

24 x 36

"A Portrait of Buckminster Fuller: Call Me Trimtab"

Juried in and awarded HONORABLE MENTION
Greater Bay Area Open art competition 2022
 NUMU Museum, Los Gatos, CA
     Los Gatos Art Association
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JURORS:
Preston Metcalf:  Executive Director of the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA,
Julie Ericsson, Art Curator at NUMU, New Museum Los Gatos 

24 x 36

"Vincent Van Gogh"

From one of the very few photos of him. At age nineteen.

20 x 24

Small Paintings

Barcelona Overtones
12 x 12

Exhibited in the "Holiday Small Works Show" Juried Exhibition
at Kansas City Stockyards Gallery.

OPENING RECEPTION November 19th, 5pm-9pm
SHOW DATES – November 19th-January 14th 2022

In order to create more affordable and accessible art, I’m painting a series of small canvases. This one is 12 inches square. That's right one square foot of acrylic expression

From a trip to Spain in 2018. 

Tomorrow Bay
9 x 12

The second in a series of smaller paintings to get into the lesser price range. 

This piece reminds me somewhat of a watercolor painting. However, acrylic is water based. 

This is from a trip we took to Morro Bay on Labor Day 2014. For some reason I love the challenge of intersecting planes, reflections and shadows. I look at the sketch and see a tangled world I need to make sense of, to untangle it into something pleasing to the eye. I also like dreamy images. 

This small painting would fit nicely into many small wall spaces. And since it's a 1 1/2 inch thick, gallery-wrapped canvas. It can be displayed simply by setting it on a small table space.

Enjoy!


Hiding from the Tomkins
9 x 12

The third in a series of smaller paintings to get into the lesser price range. 

This small painting would fit nicely into many small wall spaces. And since it's a 1 1/2 inch thick, gallery-wrapped canvas. It can be displayed simply by setting it on a small table space.

Enjoy!


Events

Art Ark Gallery

San Jose, CA


Art Ark Gallery

San Jose, CA


The Grape Nest

Point Richmond, CA



Silicon Valley Open Studios

Fall 2021


The Grape Nest

Point Richmond, CA



The Wine Room

Palo Alto, CA



The Wine Room
Palo Alto, CA



The Wine Room
Palo Alto, CA



The WIne Room
Palo Alto, CA



Kansas City Stockyards Gallery - Kansas City, MO
"Barcelona Overtones" part of a group show "Holiday Small Works. Nov 19 - Jan 14, 2022



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 5. I will consider renting/leasing my work. 

 

6. I will deliver within a two hour commute from San Jose, CA. Or you can come to my studio for pick it up. 
 
 6. Once again, please accept my sincere appreciation for your interest. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 


 
 Michael “Mykl” Welch
 1-408-656-0669
 michael.welch@yahoo.com
San Jose, CA 95123 
www.instagram.com/mykl1950/

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