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Michael Freed

Michael Freed

The images in my portfolio on this site are drawings I've completed within the past few months. All are mixed media on panel (more specifically, I laminate paper to panel, execute an acrylic wash, draw on that with charcoal, and then fix the drawing in stages, applying several coats of acrylic media). There is no glass needed to frame them because the surface is sealed and resilient, leaving a beautiful, sensuous texture. In effect, they are drawings on paper but every bit as finished and protected as a painting on canvas.

The series I am working on now are all figurative. I am most interested in the human form and in particular the male nude. These images come from my interest in pursuing the idea of middle age and the less-than-perfect body type as opposed to the glamorized male youth so prominent in our mass media.

They are all self-portraits as I strive to look at my own body with an artist's eye, analyzing the flaws within the form, the changes wrought by age, and the compositions of the flesh.

I am also interested in the subtlety of gesture and what we say with our hands and body movements. How we touch each other, how we touch ourselves is of particular interest to me.

Another aspect of my work is that of composing the body as landscape. By framing my compositions the way I do, I strive for an unconventional way of viewing the form in a broader "landscape" context.

I have no desire to be a photo-realist in the execution of my work. I am much more interested in the representation of form in a more ethereal way and also blending that into the realm of abstract and two-dimensional space.

I hope with this series to inspire people to look at the male human body as the natural, beautiful form that it is.

Represented by Lyman-Eyer Gallery, 432 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, tel. 508-487-3937,




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