Michael Rousseau

I am in the midst of a self-guided exploration into the many facets of oil painting, including an in-depth study of materials and techniques employed by painters from the High Renaissance to modern masters. During this research, I have found that I prefer the working methods of the Italian, French and Dutch Masters (Michelangelo, Sargent, Caravaggio, Klimt, Bouguereau, Rembrandt and more), many of whom utilized warm underpaintings, subtle glazes, and thick impasto to create complex jewel-like surfaces and deep shadows. I think these methods have largely been forgotten by today’s painters. Using this knowledge as a foundation or stage, a wide range of subjects from multi-figured compositions to landscapes to the still life are translated and explored in each painting. References from varied sources (classical paintings, sculptures, erotica, tattoos, etc.), inhabit shared spaces offering new meanings in their juxtapositions. I am naturally drawn to darker imagery and I allow my imagination the full freedom to engage in a visual dialogue to expand my own sphere.


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