Saturday, January 13, 2007

Artist Profile: C. Michael Frey

Artist Profile: C. Michael Frey

This month’s profiled artist is C. Michael Frey, whom I have had the pleasure of knowing for more than a decade. We met at the University of Georgia, where Michael received his BFA in Drawing and Painting. I remember how impressed I was with his focused dedication to painting, during a time when so many around him hadn’t a clue what to do with the rest of their lives.

After uni, Michael moved to New York to pursue a career in the arts. As a digital artist and creative consultant in commercial and fashion photography, he began to see “how the images we ingest in advertising and magazines are far from accurate depictions of reality,” with the concept of what is attractive becoming “increasingly narrow.”

A culturally-loaded combination of iconic imagery and overt sexuality, his paintings explore the media’s impact on identity and subculture, how the concept of identity in modern society relates to the commercialization of the individual, and why individuals are attracted to specific social roles and subcultures.

Michael currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he also creates little penguin paintings:

Click here to visit Michael's website.

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