Artist Mike Solomon's work is conceptual and concrete, abstract and utterly real. Rooted in craft and materials – as much as in ideas – he aims at finding a balance between opposites. Not surprisingly, his sources range from nature to Eastern spirituality. His body of work is unusually diverse, encompassing a wide range of processes and materials.
His projects include: installations, sculptures, paintings, assemblages and collages, watercolors, photographs, prints and videos. Since 2011 he has written a curatorial blog, “All The Work I've Ever Done,” which surveys 40-years of his artistic production. His newest body of work is an exploration of an additive process in which the grounds of his paintings are transparent so that the artist must react to layers of color.
Son of Abstract Expressionist Syd Solomon (1917-2004), Mike Solomon was raised in the art world of the 1960s. He attended The College of Creative Studies at U.C.S.B. (BA '79), Skowhegan School of Art ('75), Yale Summer School of Art and Music ('78). He received his MFA from Hunter College in 1989. He was assistant to John Chamberlain (1927-2011) from 1980 - 84 and also worked with Alfonso Ossorio(1916-1990) in 1990.
Solomon shows regularly in New York, the Hamptons and Florida and has been written about by Kevin Dean, Mark Ormond, Paul Laster, Helen Harrison, Sarah Douglas, Meg Perlman, Janet Goleas and Robert Long, among others.
His work is in notable private collections including: Beth Rudin DeWoody, Richard Meier, the late Dan Flavin Jr., Pricilla Rattazzi Whittle, Cantor-Fitzgerald and artist Richard Prince. Public collections include the Parrish Museum of Art in Southampton, NY, Columbia Museum, Columbia, SC and The Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL. He has twice been the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, in 2001 and in 2012.