MICHAEL STEIRNAGLE, paintings

March 1 - April 4, 2019

MICHAEL STEIRNAGLE_ paintings

CODA GALLERY PRESENTS
OIL PAINTINGS BY MICHAEL STEIRNAGLE

EXHIBITION: MARCH 1-22
OPENING RECEPTION: MARCH 1, 5-8 PM



PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery presents a new exhibition of oil paintings by Michael Steirnagle, running March 1-22. An opening reception, attended by the Indian Wells artist, will be held 5-8 p.m. on March 1 in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend.

When he worked as an advertising art director in the ’70s, Michael Steirnagle also began his own graphic design studio, from which he launched an 18-year career as a freelance illustrator. “I designed a lot of fairly realistic album covers and book jackets,” he says. When he transitioned to fine art, representatives that he had across the country as a commercial illustrator provided him with commission work for clients such as Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Shedd Aquarium, and Field Museum; American Airlines; and a Baltimore Orioles gallery. He also created baseball and hockey cards for Upper Deck.

Continuing the fine arts path, he studied how Bay Area Figurative Movement artists (Richard Diebenkorn being his favorite) bridged the gap between realism and abstraction. “I wanted to paint people, but to be more expressive in my work,” he says. Calling himself “a narrative painter” and working strictly in oils, Michael has mainly gravitated toward beach scenes and cafés or bars for settings.

“I look for anything that’s going to give me a lot of shapes to play with; because the more shapes you have to play with, the more abstract you can push your work,” he says. “The less realistic the figures become, the more playful the painting can be, which really is my goal.”

Though he paints men, most of his subjects are women — often in flowing summer dresses. “The fluidity of dresses offers a lot of motion and expressive painting, and they allow me to invent designs,” he says of the patterned “fabrics.”

Among new works in the March exhibition is Sirens: a 30-by-40-inch painting of six women in bathing suits standing on lily pads. “It’s one of my favorite pieces, because it’s totally invented from black and white charcoal drawings,” Michael says.

In another new painting, Barney’s Girl, Michael introduces a new element into his work: his Australian Labradoodle (named Barney of course). “You find your muse wherever you can,” Michael jests.


 

Blue Purse Blue Purse
Oil on canvas
60 x 70 inches
 
Beach Abstraction _2 Beach Abstraction #2
Oil on canvas
36 x 70.38 inches
SOLD
 
Beach Chairs
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
SOLD
 
Movers and Shakers
Oil on canvas
36 x 60 inches
SOLD
 
The Music Plays On The Music Plays On
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches
 
Time For My Walk Time For My Walk
Oil on canvas
23 x 35.5 inches
SOLD
 
Brothers _ Sisters Brothers & Sisters
Oil on canvas
33.5 x 23 inches
 
Flying Saucers Flying Saucers
Oil on board
60 x 40 inches
SOLD
 
849 849
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches
 
Barney_s Girl Barney's Girl
Oil on canvas
34 x 58 inches
SOLD
 
Umbrella Abstraction Green Umbrella
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
SOLD
 
Untitled John Stanley King Band at Vicky's of Santa Fe
Oil on board
30 x 48 inches
 
Opal Opal
Oil on canvas
40 x 16 inches