Michael Klein Workshop
Naturalist Still Life & Floral Painting
DATE: October 27 - 29, 2012
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to advanced
The basis of this workshop is how to approach a floral painting or still life entirely from life. Due to the fleeting subject matter often associated with flowers, Klein will walk you through, step by step, his process of capturing the essence of this difficult subject. The artist will start the workshop with a half-day demonstration discussing basic principles of the block in and capturing the gesture of the flowers. From there, Klein will show you how to plan several steps ahead to achieve the highest level of finish; developing the painting using optical observation and conceptual form rendering techniques. On the final day, we will go back in to our paintings and learn how to render subtle effects that occur in nature.
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Michael Klein's Bio
Currently living in New York, Michael Klein is a burgeoning artist in the Classical Realist movement, creating melancholic paintings that have a distinct and haunting feeling. Klein grew up in the Midwest, where he developed a special connection with nature and a desire to describe his world accurately through his work. He began his academic art training at 19 with Richard Whitney and, two years later, at Richard Lack’s The Atelier in Minneapolis. Still searching for further enrichment, he moved to New York City to study at The Art Students League of New York and, subsequently, the Water Street Atelier with Jacob Collins. Just a few years later, at the age of 27, Klein had his very first solo exhibition at Arcadia Fine Arts in New York.
Klein’s paintings have a brooding energy emanating from them, a silent, almost exotic, narrative; this quixotic stillness takes his work from being just a nod to 19th century artists such as Whistler and elevates it to a contemporary contemplation of the past and present. He uses a n intentionally limited color palette it creates a dramatic counterpoint. Thematically, many of Klein’s pieces feel like mysterious vignettes, leaving his story unfinished and all the more fascinating.
Galleries in New York, San Francisco and Cape Cod represent Michael Klein’s work, and he has participated in exhibitions throughout the United States. With the help of his wife, he developed American Painting Video Magazine, which is also propelled by Eric Rhoads, the publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur. Recently, Klein moved back to New York after a long sojourn in Buenos Aires, Argentina.