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Mike McSorley


Artist Bio

At the age of 8, I was allowed to take some photos with an old camera.  My photos of bicycle wheels, sewage pumps and other inane objects vexed my parents (film & developing was expensive), but predicted some of the art I now produce.  My epiphany came in High School Art class: Art was what I was meant to do.

I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a degree in Fine Art, and supplemented this education with classes and workshops from local and national artists.
Immediately I rented a studio in Etna, outside Pittsburgh, and several others followed.  Many jobs ensued, always focusing on what would allow the most time for art production.  Finally settling on Art Handling allowed the time and had the added benefit of viewing art in private and museum collections.

My art has been shown in regional and national shows, a handful of solo shows and won a few awards. Recently I had a one person show at Gallery on 43rd Street in Pittsburgh, PA.  Scheduled is a show at West Liberty University in Wheeling, WV.  I contributed a piece to the Westmoreland Museum for a show curated by Joan McGarry.  This past spring I was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and was selected to participate in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sponsored show curated by Rachel Klipa.

I am married with two adult children and am now living Washington, D.C.

Artist Statement/Focus

As a child, I filled the margins of my notebooks; turning circles into spheres, extruding words, creating 3 dimensional objects from any shape. 
My works reflect that interest.  The original techniques of shading and extruding have been augmented with color theory, atmosphere, edge quality and experimentation.
First the image is drawn using graphite and brushed around with turpentine.  The background is blocked in, pulling the graphite into the paint and using it to darken and tone down the edges.  This layer is thin and the ground of the board is allowed to reflect back.  This increases the intensity of the color and by brushing, scraping and rubbing; the color can be augmented.  Sometimes the lines are still visible in the finished painting and at other times I redraw the edges with pencil to add strength.
I like to bring attention and importance to the common objects around us.
Some of these artworks are ‘Collections’.  I put several small paintings into a group that tell a story.   Each object is important and the focus of the individual painting.  Put into a group, they form a narrative.  An author creates mood by describing some details, and leaving others out.  I try to do the same with paintings, using detail, color, form, and the object itself.  Assembled they form a tale.  It is somehow different than painting them all on one canvas.

Mike McSorley,  2015



E-mail mike@mmcsorley.com
Phone 412-823-1483
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