Today we’d like to introduce you to Mikel Wintermantel.
Mikel, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
After intensive schooling, including the Rhode Island School of Design, and painting along with mentors and friends for years, I hung up my smock and beret for a practical life in the business of screen printing. 18 years ago, my daughter was born and I was a stay at home dad of sorts. At that time, I took up painting again using modern improvements in mediums. On my own I learned a new method of creating luminous landscapes that worked with my hectic schedule. In 2003 I joined the Copley Society of Art and my world changed, seemingly overnight. In a short period of time I put out an enormous body of work working in the indirect method using faster drying mediums. That explosion of creativity garners me awards and recognition of my peers, Including the John Singleton Copley Award and the Copley Master Designation.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I have always been drawn naturally to the landscape. The light and atmosphere of the Northeast has surrounded me for most of my life. The Hudson River School, Luminism and Tonalism were a constant inspiration as I developed as an artist. Those schools are steadily returning to favor and I believe we are at the dawning of a new age of landscape painting to catalog the beauty of unspoiled nature before may disappear. I strive to capture fleeting moments of luminous light, the uncommon among the everyday vistas, the long raking shadows at dusk and dawn drawing the eye into the stage being set by mother nature… if only for a moment… an evanescent beauty.
How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success can be defined by many parameters. I feel the most successful when someone has a visceral reaction to my work, having them acquire a painting to live with it in their home, to enjoy every day, is a compliment to my effort and to my vision. When they consider it to be a vital element in their personal space, it is humbling and deeply satisfying to me as an artist.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I will be having a solo show of several of my new landscapes opening at the Copley Society of Art on Newbury Street on June 28th at 5:30 PM. Running through Aug 19th. The show is titled “EVANESCENT” which will feature my luminous works on copper. I am also represented by the Todd Bonita Gallery in Portsmouth, NH and Ogunquit, ME, the Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville, NY, The GOGA in NYC and the Schomburg Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Anyone can follow me on social media where I post works in progress and methods often. Or visit my website. www.mikelwintermantel.com.
- Address: 103 West Main Street
Allegany, NY 14706
- Website: http://www.mikelwintermantel.com/
- Phone: 716.307.8518
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