Ian Micheal (b. 1985 in Detroit, Michigan; lives and works in Oakland, CA) creates paintings that weave forms of human intimacy through his representation of comradery between androgynous figures. Highlighting nodes of deep affection, while allowing room for interpretation of gender and kinship, Micheal offers his viewers a personal connection to the work. Leaving figures and spaces they occupy simple and at times unfinished, the large-scale oil paintings celebrate often marginalized individuals by emphasizing their vibrancy.
Micheal emphasizes, “I explore my figure’s relationship towards each other, objects and the spaces they occupy and exist in. I like to produce images that tell a story or a memory... a place in time.” His artistic language renders a certain sense of visual normalcy, the figures feel unapologetic and natural.
His pastel palette alludes to gender color norms, and compliments the skin tone of his figures, the warmth of color in his works blur the line of platonic relationships and sexual explorations and introduce conceptual elements that challenge apprehensions over positive and negative space.
Ian MichealIntimités 8 Jun - 22 Jul 2023 ParisMariane Ibrahim is delighted to present a solo exhibition in Paris by Ian Micheal entitled Intimités. The show will be on view from June 8 to July 22, 2023 and...
Un AbrazoGroup Exhibition 8 Feb - 29 Apr 2023 Mexico CityThe inaugural group exhibition, Un Abrazo, features new work uniting a selection of represented artists. The exhibition explores the new possibilities of immersion, culture, and sensation that Mexico City represents...
Ian MichealStills 16 Jul - 13 Aug 2022 ChicagoMariane Ibrahim is delighted to present 'Stills,' a solo exhibition of new paintings by Ian Micheal. The show will be on view in Chicago until August 13 , 2022. The...
Ian MichealStills July 30, 2022In the suspension of banal moments, Micheal’s work invites us to consider muted intimacies that saturate everyday life. Be it the brush of a comb against the scalp in a barbershop, an arm casually slung around another’s shoulders while waiting at the train station, or fingers curled warmly around a trumpet, these works speak to the proximities and caresses that constitute the quotidian. By capturing fleeting gestures that often fail to register, Micheal’s practice asks what it means to inhabit these affinities in a minor key. Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim.