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“Pathways #1” Michael Moon

Michael Moon always knew art would be his profession. A strong education in psychology and art gave Michael Moon the background to create the fine art he produces today. After his schooling was complete, an eight year span of near seclusion gave Michael Moon the time to concentrate on his art. This time grew Michael Moon’s connection with his art and with Eastern thought and meditation. To this day, Michael Moon’s art contains symbolism of Eastern practices.

More than the subject or symbolism, the process of creating art is Michael Moon’s focus. The contemporary abstracted art Michael Moon generates tells the tale of his journey while painting. With thick texture, the art of Michael Moon is “a process, however it unfolds, that hopefully is honest, real and valid,” he says. Using color and texture, artist Michael Moon creates a canvas full of movement. Michael Moon says of his art, “Color for me comes from a joy of having hues interplay with each other.” This relationship between tones creates areas where the colors meet and blend into one another within the art by Michael Moon. This tension of tones, Michael Moon’s art has “bits and incidents of color unfolding on their own terms,” he says.

When interacting with his art, Michael Moon says, “Often I see myself in this process as a vessel or conduit where form, color and shape take their own journey.” Michael Moon feels his part in his art is that “consciously or not, there is always a conversation among the tools and materials used and myself,” says Michael Moon. Art is about a love of the paint for Michael Moon- and the love of painting. Surrendering him to the process, artist Michael Moon says, “I may be the vehicle, but the destination, wherever and whatever that is, arrives of its own accord.” The destination of Michael Moon’s art is worth the journey.

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Artist Michael Moon is a contemporary painter whose works include geometric, color-blocked abstractions. In the vein of the Abstract Impressionists of New York in the 1940s, artist Michael Moon believes his paintings are a vehicle for his journey through life. Using this theory, Michael Moon, artist creates series of pieces upon a theme to explore his psyche.


Michael Moon’s “Pathways #34”

A Southern California artist, Michael Moon knew he wanted to be an artist since he was in the second grade. This calling of his ebbed as he sought a degree in educational psychology while in college. Michael Moon’s background in psychology informs the artist’s pieces that seem almost like parts of stories without overt subject matter. After his undergraduate education was completed, artist Michael Moon attended the Art Center College of Design at UCLA to fulfill his lifelong dream of creating art as a professional. During this time at UCLA, Michael Moon the artist began experimenting with unique process of painting on canvas. El Greco’s passion as a painter was a big influence on Michael Moon as an artist; although many artists are affected by El Greco’s impact upon them, Michael Moon took his creed seriously, painting in solitude for over eight years. Quickly Michael Moon became a prolific artist.

One series Michael Moon, the artist, created is Pathways. This collection of paintings contains about eighty pieces and includes artists Michael Moon’s Pathways #34, a burnt orange, red, black and cream abstraction whose title points out several passageways within it. The most obvious “pathway” within the painting is the two dark black circular swaths, but artist Michael Moon also hides paths within the negative space created by the cream rectangles in the center of the piece. Overall, Michael Moon, the artist says about his paintings, “Consciously or not, there is always a conversation among the tools and materials used and myself. The result, when successful, is a hopefully recognizable and enduring mystery that resonates a deep-seated familiarity from the viewer.” Gratefully, the viewer is blessed to be included in Michael Moon’s journey as an artist.

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