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Lived/Active: Utah      Known for: bucolic, panoramic landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Michael Workman, his wife Laurel and their children live in central Utah. He received both his B.A. and completed his M.F.A. from Brigham Young University, 1992. His style has been called "contemporary traditionalism" as noted by Focus/Santa Fe Magazine, February/March 1992, and 'transcendental tonalism" by Southwest Art, September 1996.

"I think I'm producing something people long for," Workman says. "My watchword is beauty. I'm after producing something beautiful. For me it's a spiritual thing. I see beauty everywhere I look." He was highly influenced by George Inness who believed that art should evoke emotion in people. Workman's art has won wide acceptance by collectors, artists and critics.

He has been featured in "Art-Talk" (January 1996), "Art of the West" (July/August 1995), "Southwest Art" (September 1996), and several other publications as well as being an invited artist of the Mountain Oyster Club annual show and the Northwest Rendezvous show and the Artist of America Show.

The harmony of his work is a theme that follows through his life and family. His paintings are carefully planned, but yet are full of life and feeling. Letting his brush find the right balance between classical and romantic - formula and freedom - Workman harbors no desire to be the god of art, but rather to bring glory to God through his art. "I like to make people feel things, and I use landscape and animals to do that," he says. "I want to communicate on more than one level.

"Much of Workman's work includes some architectural influence similar to the Baroque period when many artists were also draftspersons. This comes as no surprise since Michael spent almost seven years working as an architectural illustrator prior to his return to school to complete his college training.

Workman finds his creative juices stirred by sunsets, cool gray days, late evenings, vast fields and the simple elegance of animals. Training is evident in the symmetry of Workman's compositions, his blending of old-master techniques with modern ideas, and his delicately restrained use of light and color. On a number of levels, his paintings are a harmonious blend of opposites: classicism and romanticism, thin and thick paint, warm and cool cools, careful planning and spontaneity.

That flirting between ying and yang is by design, because Workman's view, mastering those opposites is a source of unparalleled magic."I want to create the feeling of another dimension and design underneath the physical world. There's a spiritual design, a kind of blueprint, beneath everything."

Michael Workman was featured in a One-man Show at the Springville Art Museum in the Winter of 2003

Source: Kent Whipple, Art Professional

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