Acrylic and soft pastel on paper
17 x 14 in
Michael McGrath lives and works in Rhinebeck, in New York's Hudson Valley. His recent work is inspired by his current upstate NY environment and its history, and also in his curiosity in the cults of mysticism, mythology and religion through the lens of naivety. He is interested in religion, magic and mythology, and also more mundane aspects of daily life. His ghosts and skulls symbolize death and afterlife, with a measure of happiness and hope. His faces are often gods, deities or the deceased, and he imagines that “…if there were gods, ghosts or magic, they would exist in nature and in the landscape; not just beings in the sky, but also in the ground, in the trees, in the flowers and in the animals.”
Michael McGrath (b. 1977) is an American artist and painter, with a parallel career in graphic design. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2000 with a B.F.A. in Fine Art and has most recently shown work in Rhinebeck, New York, Germany, Belgium, and a solo show at Fir Gallery in Beijing, China.