Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Drew Michael
Drew Michael was born in Bethel, Alaska, and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. He started his art career at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, in 1997 in a carving class with Joe Senungetuk. From there his career has developed through the study of other artists' work and his own experimentations. Michael’s work was featured in recent solo exhibitions at Stonington Gallery, Seattle, WA; Alaska Humanities Forum, Anchorage, AK; and Homer Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer AK. Group exhibitions include Alaska Exhibition, Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France; Our Story, at the Anchorage Museum; Knock on Wood, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; among many other exhibitions and showcases throughout Alaska and the American Northwest.
“Most cultures around the world use masks and other visual arts to tell stories about the origin of man, the creation of the World, spirits unseen, events of transformation, and the aspirations of lives that reflect our belief in higher selves. I began creating replicas of old time masks that were seen as ‘traditional’ Alaskan Native art. I soon realized I wanted to tell my story through this visual form and connect to the old ritual of mask making found in my blood and cultures of the Yup’ik and Inupiaq peoples.”
Heart of Our Understanding, January 2016, basswood, acrylic, metal, chain, stain, charring, 41 x 24 x 3.5 inches
Our Lady, January 2016, glass, 24 x 8 x 5.5 inches
Looking both ways, September 2015, basswood, porcupine quill, synthetic sinew, feather, 30 x 12 x 5 inches
What's my Inua, October 2016, basswood, dyed caribou hair, poplar wood, screws, copper nails, washers, brass plating, stain, 22 x 20 x 6 inches
Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.