Monday, January 26, 2009

Michael Brophy

Michael Brophy


[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

A life-long resident of Portland, Michael Brophy's paintings explore the evolution of the northwest landscape with sublime large-scale canvasses and murals, referencing historical and environmental elements that question our surroundings and our relationship to nature. Brophy approaches painting as a form of storytelling, providing contemporary currents on the continuing saga of the Northwest.

Brophy graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1985. He shows his work extensively in the Pacific Northwest including a 2005 retrospective titled "The romantic vision of Michael Brophy," which was exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. His work is in collections at the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum, among many others. Brophy's commissioned murals can be seen at Portland's City Hall and at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in Wasco, OR.

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