Michael Kagan

  • , Time To Go, 2021
    Oil on linen
    203.2 x 152.4 cm
    80 x 60 in
  • , Titan - In Memory 6, 2021
    Enamel and oil on linen
    76.2 x 101.6 cm
    30 x 40 in
  • , Titan - In Memory 5, 2021
    Enamel and oil on linen
    76.2 x 101.6 cm
    30 x 40 in
  • , Titan - In Memory 4, 2021
    Enamel and oil on linen
    76.2 x 101.6 cm
    30 x 40 in
  • , Titan - In Memory 3, 2021
    Enamel and oil on linen
    76.2 x 101.6 cm
    30 x 40 in
  • , Titan - In Memory 2, 2021
    Enamel and oil on linen
    76.2 x 101.6 cm
    30 x 40 in
  • , Titan - In Memory 1, 2021
    Enamel and oil on linen
    76.2 x 101.6 cm
    30 x 40 in

Brooklyn-based artist Michael Kagan is known for producing oil paintings with large, expressive brush strokes. Kagan explores the physical and emotional journey that accompanies explorers from mountaineers to astronauts. His dramatic paintings of men are pushing the limits of nature through technology and physical stamina. Michael uses thick, deliberate brush strokes that convey a decisive hand and the power of his subject matter. Kagan believes a painting is perfect “when it can fall apart or it can come back together depending on how you read the image and also how close you are.”

Born in 1980 in Virginia Beach, Michael Kagan received his BA from The George Washington University and MFA from New York Academy of Art, where he also completed a postgraduate fellowship in 2005. Special projects include a commission from The Smithsonian, two apparel collaborations with Pharrell Williams, and album cover artwork for The White Lies album Big TV which won an Art Vinyl award for Best Art Vinyl, 2013. He recently had a solo exhibition at Virginia MOCA, Virginia Beach, VA, USA (2019/2020).

Kagan’s work is in the collections of the Hall Collection, Reading, VT, USA; Maezawa Collection, Chiba, Japan; Maki Collection, Tokyo, Japan; Gemini Trust Company, New York, NY, USA; Fidelity Investments Corporate Contemporary Art Collection, Boston, MA, USA; Founders Fund, San Francisco, CA, USA; and Jacob & Co., New York, NY, USA amongst others. He has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. A recent monograph of his work was released in 2019 by ARTBOOK | DAP.


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