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Michael St Amand



United States

http://www.michaelstamand.com

category: Painting
technique: Mixing technique
Style: Modern


Statement:
My work speaks to the human condition: how we as humans can interpret an image or life event drastically different from one another depending on a host of influences -- being our personal faith or lack-there-of, personal history, our current situation in life, any number of things can and will influence how viewers experience my work.

When images, identifiable forms, and icons in my paintings and constructs are addressed by the viewer they naturally associate what they determine the object to be with their own definition of that object. This results in their own -very personal- reactionary emotion. Whether it is hatred or shock, or passion or compassion, every person will create his or her own truth -- now attached to the work.

What I do, ultimately, is take my own experiences and let them fill up “the tank,” so to speak, and then expel them by rebuilding what I find to be the truth of the matter, onto the canvas, or into a construct, drawing, or digital piece. I do this to invoke thought, and to inspire analysis. What inevitably transpires can be anything from reactionary rage to euphoric bliss -- it is in the conversation with the viewer.

Some of my work can be perceived to have a spiritual aspect. There are many roads people travel to connect to a spiritual plane, though to some, the paths may be unconventional -- they are used to fill a void. The iconography, in some of the works, whether it be Buddha, Jesus, Ganesh, Shiva or an icon of a saint, all signify beliefs while causing a positive or negative reaction, depending on one's insight or discernment. Conversely, a bullet, riding crop, needles or skulls may have the same exact response which may arouse reactionary emotions. Art is spiritual. It speaks a universal language.

My work encompasses a full range of emotions and what I feel as the work builds upon itself and what input I have from outside sources or personally. As I make the piece and as the flow and levels build, the deeper my emotional psyche and intuition come forth and the deeper I delve into a work. I am in an emotionally-frenzied state, laser beam-focused and in touch. Some artists say they try to detach themselves from their work, but for me, it is just the opposite. I become totally immersed and invested.

For me, on the deepest level, the importance of the work reaches beyond the perceived meaning and lies in the process. The process is at the core, the heart, and is the basic language of the work. From the raw construction, to painting the initial base layer- one of what could be 20-30 layers or objects by the time the work is finished. Living with the work and adjusting and readjusting it until…it just does not hurt. The process is what regularly inspires me. When I can sit with the piece, I know it’s completed. When it is completed, I start again. The process never ends.

My work can be used as a tool, to examine the truth of one's self and the truth of one's surroundings. Whether it is a perceived truth or actual truth, which there may or may not be a great difference between the two, the act of self-analysis through the engagement of viewing my art is always enlightening. My work is created to do just that.

Michael St. Amand


Bio / Resumee / Statement:
Mchael St. Amand Born 1958 Danbury CT USA

Michael St. Amand mixed media paintings and digital art use raw, vibrant colors, fabric, photos and other found objects, geometric shapes and expressionistic movement which allow his real and abstract subjects to exist harmoniously within each piece. Over the past thirty some years, his exploits have included painting, mixed media, printmaking, digital art, computer graphics, sculpture, photography and video installations, a true multi-disciplined approach. His themes range from religion, nature and sexuality to fashion, politics and other current events.


Michael St. Amand has earned numerous awards for his work. Primarily a self-taught artist, he expanded his techniques at the Wooster Arts Center in Connecticut and the Art Student's League in Manhattan. Michael St. Amand has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including the Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi History Museum, Signagi Museum, Signagi, Georgia, Sorbonne, Paris, Musee' D' Art Moderne, Bordeaux, France, Berlin, Kassel, Germany, New York City, Miami, Dallas, and New Zealand, and throughout Florida. Michael St Amand's work can be found in many corporate and private collections worldwide. He has been listed in Art in America Magazine's Who's Who in American Art.



Activities:
One Man Exhibitions:
2013 Michael St. Amand: Human Condition: Myths and Mayhem
The Signagi Museum, Signagi, Georgia
Michael St. Amand: Human Condition: Myths and Mayhem
Tbilisi History Museum - The Georgian National Museum - Tbilisi, Georgia
2005 NOW ART, Hollywood, Florida
2002 2D / 3D - Works of Art by Michael St. Amand + Christopher Poehlmann - Atelier Lizio, Naples, Florida
2000 SOCO Center for Cultural Arts, Ft. Myers, Florida
1995 Beauchemin Gallery, Tampa, Florida
1993 Griffin Gallery, Matlacha, Florida
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Ft. Myers, Florida
1991 Ward Lawrence Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Burnham Library, Bridgewater , CT.
Dominic Chiera Gallery, New Milford, CT.
1989 St. Amand / Barrer, RGA Gallery, Ridgefield , CT.
Works of Art Gallery, Gaylordsville, CT
1988 New Works, Richmond Center, New Milford, CT.
1985 Ever Changing Moods, H.A.L. New Milford, CT.
1984 Charles Ives Center, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT.
1983 Quintessence, H.A.L. New Milford, CT.
Frame Up Gallery, Danbury, CT..

Installations | Projects
2010

Michael St Amand | Slave To Vanity
Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center Ft. Myers, Florida

2008

Lawrence Voytek, Kat Epple, Michael St. Amand
Peace and Flambe' : Space 39 Modern and Contemporary Gallery and The Sidney and Berne Davis Arts Center, Ft Myers Florida

2007

Lawrence Voytek, Kat Epple, Michael St. Amand
Peace and Flambe' : Salon Zenergy Naples Florida


Select Group Exhibitions:
2015
NEW YORK NOW 015!, New York, N.Y.
Gifted Works, UNIT A, Ft. Myers, Florida
Tincture Gallery, Ft. Myers, Florida
2014
Tincture Gallery : Invitational Group Show: Ft. Myers, Florida
Continuum: Sweet Art Gallery, Naples, Florida
2013
Punctum Contra Punctum II AMERICAN EDITION, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Ft. Myers, Florida
Punctum Contra Punctum II, The Georgian National Museum, National Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
Celebrating 5 Years of The Arts, Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center, Fort Myers Forida
Visual ARTBEAT Magazine, Issue 11 "New Collections"
EAGL Gallery, quadriART 2013, Berlin, Germany
Naples Museum of Art, INCOGNITO, Naples, Florida
Expose New Orleans: New Orleans, Louisiana
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), Los Angeles, CA
2012
Watson Macrae Gallery, Sanibel, Florida
Punctum Contra Punctum
The Georgian National Museum, Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Visual ARTBEAT Magazine Issue #8 - European Contemporary Art Magazine. Cover Story

INCOGNITO - Naples Museum of Art - Naples, FL

2011

Bilder Gallerie, HC Parfumerie Kassel Germany

Florida Gulf Coast University - Main Gallery | Community of Artists, Fort Myers, Florida

Alliance for the Arts | 25th Annual All Florida Exhibition, Fort Myers, Florida

INCOGNITO - Naples Museum of Art - Daniels Pavilion - Naples, FL

Naples International Art Fair - Naples International Pavilion
Naples Museum of Art - Friends of The Arts Booth

2010

SCOPE Art Fair - Miami Florida
Jurors: Elisabeth Sussman, Senior Curator, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York,Jarrett Gregory, Curatory of Contemporary Art, The New Museum, New York, New York, Mollie White, Show Director, SCOPE Art Show

Prix Ars Electronica, Ars Electronica Center
Lintz, Austria

Have a Seat III - Naples Museum of Art, Naples Florida

Michael St Amand | Slave To Vanity
Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center Ft. Myers, Florida

2009

A Night to Remember Bruce
Lee County Alliance of the Arts
Ft. Myers Florida

Pandora’s Box
Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory
Alexandria, Virginia

Pink Tie Blues
The Sidney and Berne Davis Arts Center,
Ft Myers Florida

Morean Arts Center Members Show
St. Petersburg, Florida (Honorable Mention)

Cone of Possibilities
Lee County Alliance of the Arts, Ft. Myers, Florida

Arts For A.C.T.; bob Rauschenberg gallery
Ft. Myers, Florida

Have a Seat II - Naples Museum of Art, Naples Florida

2008: Art Royale: Lee Conty Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers, Florida
Wizard of the Arts : Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Ft. Myers, Florida
Arts For A.C.T.; bob Rauschenberg gallery Ft. Myers, Florida
Lawrence Voytek, Kat Epple, Michael St. Amand
Peace and Flambe\\\' : Space 39 Modern and Contemporary Gallery and The Sidney and Berne Davis Arts Center, Ft Myers Florida

2007 ,One Foot Square, Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers Florida
Lawrence Voytek, Kat Epple, Michael St. Amand
Peace and Flambe\\\' : Salon Zenergy Naples Florida
Arts For A.C.T.; bob Rauschenberg gallery Ft. Myers, Florida
Love Effects : Lee County Alliance for the Arts
Ft. Myers Florida

2006 Bob Rauschenberg Gallery Ft. Myers, Florida
2005 Bob Rauschenberg Gallery Ft. Myers, Florida
2003 Xposure- 17 Nationally Recognized Artists, Naples Florida
2002 Voltwerks : the fine art of electricity - Edison Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Myers, Florida
2001 Arts for A.C.T Harborside Convention Center, Ft. Myers, Florida

2000 1303 Gallery - Ft, Myers Florida.
Whitney Biennial, R.T.Mark Corp. Installation, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y.
Voltwerks: the fine art of electricity Northern Trust Gallery, & SOCO Center for Cutural Arts, Ft. Myers, FL
Arts for A.C.T Harborside Convention Center, Ft. Myers, Florida
1999 Arts for A.C.T Harborside Convention Center, Ft. Myers, Florida
1998 CyberArts International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica,
Lintz, Austria
Arts for A.C.T Harborside Convention Center, Ft. Myers, Florida

1997 Art With An Attitude Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
1996 Nocturne Des Arts Tampa, Florida
Art With An Attitude Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Gallery 18thirteen, Tampa, Florida
National Open Exhibition, AUI, Tampa, Florida
1995 AUI, Tampa, Florida
Beauchemin Gallery, Tampa, Florida

1994 "ART For Life, Tampa, Florida
Arts For A.C.T., Harborside Convention Center, Ft. Myers, Florida
Global Gallery, Harbor Island, Tampa, Florida
Katalyst Gallery, Ft. Myers, Florida
1993 Museum of Modern Art, International Biennial, Miami, Florida

Arts For A.C.T., Sanibel Harbor Resort, Ft. Myers, Florida
Global Gallery, Harbor Island, Tampa, Florida
Katalyst Gallery, Ft. Myers, Florida
Florida Studio Show, Florida Studios, Sarasota, Florida
Naples Art Gallery, Naples, Florida
Gilded GarB\\\'age Gallery, Naples, Florida
1992 Musee\\\' D\\\' Art Moderne, Bordeaux, France
Gran Prix De Paris, La Sorbonne, Paris, France
Debusk Gallery, Dallas & Ft. Worth, TX.
Naples Art Gallery, Naples, Florida
Gilded GarB\\\'age Gallery, Naples, Florida
Railroad Street Gallery, Invitational Show, New Milford, CT.
Creative Connection Gallery, Ridgefield, CT.
Art To Heart 2, Art Inc. San Antonio, TX.
1991 Debusk Gallery, Dallas, TX.

ArtWorx Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Washington Project for the Arts, Burntime Project,
Washington, D.C.
George Frasier Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Creative Connection Gallery, Ridgefield, CT.
Railroad Street Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition, New Milford, CT.
1990 Wetherholt Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Eagle Tower Gallery, Stamford, CT.
Creative Connection Gallery, Ridgefield, CT.
Ariel Gallery, SoHo, New York, N.Y.
T.A.P. Gallery, Ridgefield, CT.
Hartford College For Women, Hartford, CT.
Spirit of the American Women Gallery, Stamford, CT.
R.G.A. Gallery, Juried Show, Ridgefield, CT.


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