“Images Regained” Paintings by Michael McDonald
Albuquerque Press Club
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Originally from Texas, I have lived in Albuquerque many years. I’ve lived sometimes in other places too, but always return to Albuquerque. Other significant places in my lifetime have been Texas, Arizona, Virginia and Mexico. In 1975, I graduated from La Universidad de las Americas, and in 1981 I received a graduate degree from UNM.
Since boyhood, I have enjoyed making images, drawing and painting. In these last years of advancing age, I seem to have returned to fine art with greater dedication and hope to make some good art. The paintings you see here now at the Press Club are most recent works. I hope you enjoy the show.
About painting…there are multiple ways to approach it. The various “isms” come to mind: Realism, Abstraction, Expressionism, Surrealism and various combinations. But many works
aren’t easily pigeonholed into an “ism.” Some very good paintings are not paintings of anything at all — they are paintings of paint. Thoughtful, mature painters come to realize they belong to a long tradition of image-making, very ancient, which embraces all cultures. We come to understand the value of this great legacy, the value of tradition and the possibilities of traditional media. Our appreciation of the ancient materials, the different media and the pigments deepens.