This week we welcome artist Michael Gutkin.

I Have Something You Don’t!, 11″ x 14″, Oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of the artist Michael Gutkin.

From early on in life, Gutkin liked to draw and sculpt from plasticine as a hobby, view art and visit museums. Originally from Russia, he currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Victoria Crowned Pigeon and Rose, Oil on panel, 16″ x 12″. Photo courtesy of the artist Michael Gutkin.

During the last decade, Gutkin’s passion for painting took a more serious turn. He taught himself how to paint in a variety of approaches. Regardless of the subject, his focus is on the light, color harmony, movement and texture.

Lilac Reminiscence, Oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″. Photo courtesy of the artist Michael Gutkin.

He spends as much time as possible studying classical and contemporary master’s works in New York museums and galleries. He draws sketches from life, gathers material for composing paintings in his studio and usually combines several ideas into one composition.

Magic Cat, Oil on linen, 14″ x 11″. Photo courtesy of the artist Michael Gutkin.

Through his paintings he likes to bring out the positive and sometimes humorous side of life. He enjoys capturing the essence of a person’s character, animal’s features, and making fantasies into paintings.

View more of his work on his website.

Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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