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 Michael Charron  (1957 - )

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     Known for: plein air landscape painting

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Michael Charron is a plein-air painter and his work represents to him the junction of art and the out-of-doors, the two enduring loves of his life.  He often seeks out remote settings, and eccentrically uses four pet llamas as his pack animals to carry his supplies.  All his small paintings are created on site, and all his large studio paintings are based on sketches done in nature.
Interestingly Charron lays down a prayer in the gesso of all his studio paintings before obscuring it with the painting itself.  This underscores his interest in transcendental approaches to painting.  Though Charron does not specifically refer to transcendentalist painters in terms of an influence, his work, like theirs, is spiritually charged with what he refers to as optical communions. 

Charron’s thinking is that this overt ontological treatment to the canvases reflects the values of a world wide cultural movement currently underway, that being a spiritual undercurrent.  For art to be enduring it must reflect values of the culture from which it comes, Charron participates in the metaphysical culture of “higher consciousness” as put forth by quantum physicists and New Age concepts.  He knows his paintings are manifested expressions from the quantum domain, and most likely will be appreciated/collected more for their written imbuing than their realist aesthetic.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Western Michigan University: Emphasis sculpture.  Minor art history and painting

Steers Street Gallery, Kalamazoo, Michigan; “Color Show”

Western Michigan University Art Department Gallery; Group Show

Knollwood Building: Kalamazoo, Michigan “Three Sculptors” BFA Show:

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Kalamazoo, Michigan “Group Show”

Remmi Fine Art, Denver, CO. “The Eternal Landscape” July 7 - 28, 2006

Red Stallion Gallery; Glen Haven, CO. “Estes Park Plein Air – Painting the Parks” 8/26/06 – 9/30/06 

Square Deal Framing & Gallery; Denver, CO. “Four Painters” 11/17/06 – 12/21/06

Remmi Fine Art, Denver, CO. “The Eternal Landscape” July 6 - 27, 2007

Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO.  “Landscapes of Colorado” August 4 – 25, 2007

Byers Evans House Museum, Denver, CO. “High Plein Air Art Exhibit”   Fall 2007

Fort Collins, CO. Lincoln Center, “17th National Art Exhibition and Sale” 4/5/08 – 5/9/08

Enso Gallery, Denver, CO. Syndication Presentation September 30, 2008

Square Deal Gallery; Denver, CO. “Small Works” 11/14/08 – 12/20/08

Gallery 1261, Denver, CO. “Salon du Musee” November 3 – 14, 2008

Denver Public Library “Denver Plein Air Arts Festival Exhibition” 11/14/08 - 12/31/08

Wings Over the Rockies Museum, 27th Annual Antique and Art Show 4/17/09 – 4/19/09

Gilmore Art Center, “Pictorial Essays from Wilderness Journeys 2009” One Man Show  October 2009

Square Deal Gallery; Denver, CO. “Small Works” 11/13/09 – 12/19/09

Ford Foundation Grant for research in bronze casting
Ford Foundation Grant for research and project completion
Walter Enz Memorial Award (outstanding academic achievement in the field of art)
Landscapes of Colorado – Mountains and Plains Fresco Fine Art Publications 2006; Southwest Art Values section June 2008
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum; Colorado Springs, CO.
Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, Michigan
Crimson Resource Management, Denver, CO
Holland & Hart; Denver, Colorado
Darling, Bergstrom & Milligan; Denver, Colorado
Colorado Business Bankshares, Inc.; Denver, Colorado
Ryan Exploration; Denver, Colorado
Payroll Inc.; Denver, Colorado
Stripling, Shaw & Stripling; Norcross, Georgia
Cushman & Wakefield, Denver, CO
Coppola & Marlin, LLC

Submitted by Patrick Jolly of Patrick Jolly Fine Art

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