Art makes the world a better place.
Michael S. Fenton’s Art
“A bold and emotional use of color and composition and a connection to his subject…”
Lee Nichols, critic
I believe that art is a way to communicate and shape one’s personal perceptions and reactions to our personal world. Even small things that may confront us may be poignant and worthy of comment, even if for only a moment.
Painting allows me to keep balanced. My work expresses my feelings about something as I try to capture the unique attitude of the subject. A reviewer once called me “a representational-narrative artist who wants, more than anything, to tell a story or communicate an attitude about the subject and evoke an emotional reaction.” I guess that’s accurate.
Most of my work comes from an emotional connection to a subject. I believe in the power of art to tell a story and to communicate attitudes, ideas and emotions and to create discussion…all of which is healthy. I believe that underneath today’s superficial world there is a slipstream of truth found in the emotions of people and their circumstances. I want to catch this in my work.
This website contains work representative of the different stages and moods inhabiting me over time. I’ve chosen samples from these “eras” to illustrate my belief that change is part of the healing process and that the journey never ends...for me.
For those who think a bio matters... I was born at a very early age and raised in upstate New York. I’ve lived here in New Jersey since 1976, living in Morris Plains. After a successful corporate career, I retired in order to not have to attend meetings and to do something useful and that I love, to paint. I work in a variety of genres ranging from Korean folk painting to oils and ball point pen. I prefer painting the human landscape in all its glory, since I can add little to the beauty of the world around us...the one that we are destroying with all our modernity. I’ve been honored with a few awards along the way and I take pleasure when someone feel my work and wants to live with it. My appreciation goes out to those who have collected my work and to those who have enjoyed it as it has been exhibited in the US and Europe.
My work is found in private collections all over the U.S. and a few places in Europe. I have been in countless exhibitions in corporate galleries, public galleries, academic institutions, and homes. If you want a list, I can provide it, but what I did “yesterday” is not as important as what I am doing now...or what I might do tomorrow. Biographies are for those who place a greater value on the past than the present or the future. Sorry.
Thank you for taking a few moments to look at these works. If you would like to discuss any of them or purchase one or all of them, please contact me at 973-540-9061 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My website is www.msfenton.com. 20% of all sales are donated to the Arts in Healing Program of Atlantic Health.
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