Mike Solomon

 
 

Mike Solomon's work is conceptual and concrete. His sources range from spiritual teachings to nature. His iconography employs both abstract and representative techniques. Rooted as much in craft and material as in ideas, his goal is to find balance between opposites.

Solomon's oeuvre is unusually diverse, encompassing a wide variety of processes and materials, including sculptures, paintings, watercolors, assemblages, installations, photographs, prints and videos.

Since 2011, he has written a curatorial blog, All The Work I've Ever Done, surveying 40 years of his artistic creations. His latest work employs an additive process in which the grounds of the paintings are transparent so that the viewer's eye reacts to layers of color.

Son of Abstract Expressionist Syd Solomon (1917-2004), Solomon was raised in the art world of the 1960s, surrounded by the artist of the time, such as Phil Guston, Conrad Marca-Relli, Adolph Gottlieb, Jimmy Ernst, Mark Rothko, Bill de Kooning, Saul Steinberg, Jim Dine and David Budd. He recently supervised the publication of Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed, a book on his father's life and work.

He attended The College of Creative Studies at University of California at Santa Barbra, Skowhegan School of Art, Yale Summer School of Art and Music and received his MFA from Hunter College in 1989. He was assistant to John Chamberlain in the 1980s and worked with Alfonso Ossorio in the early 1990s.

Solomon has been reviewed by many eminent art writers and critics, including Paul Laster, Helen Harrison, Sarah Douglas, Mark Ormond, Meg Perlman and Robert Long.

Solomon's work is in many private collections, including Edward Albee, Beth Rudin deWoody, Dan Flavin, Jr., Tom and Darlene Furst, Richard Meier, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Prince and Priscilla Rattazzi Whittle.

Selected public collections include Barnett Bank, Cantor Fitzgerald Collection, Columbia Museum, J Crew, Parrish Art Museum and the Ringling Museum of Art.

He has twice been the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and currently has studios on Long Island and Sarasota.

Mike Solomon shows regularly in New York, the Hamptons and Florida and is represented by the Berry / Campbell Gallery in New York City and Allyn Gallup Contemporary in Sarasota, Florida.

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