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PROJECT: RECENT PAINTINGS. SOLO EXHIBIT
ARTIST: M AMMERMAN
YEAR: 1998
MEDIUM: OIL AND WAX ON UNPRIMED CANVAS
LOCATION: TAMPA FL

PREFACE

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for one to speak of michael ammerman, one would have to speak of his sheer determination. his determination of both self discovery and universal discovery. he is an artist who has an intuitive grasp on creative invention. as a steel sculptor for most of his life, form was his calling and his belief. winning awards and recognition from such prestigious curators as lowery s. sims, associate curator, the metropolitan museum of art, one would think michael would rest on his laurels. however, this is not what drives michael to create, as he states, “i create because i must. i must create to push myself and those around me… to inspire.”

painting presented itself to michael as he was producing an installation which would incorporate three veiled canvases of oil pigment within a fiberglass framework. after the canvas panels were painted he felt they must simply be stretched, alone, no framework needed. immediately, painting took over his life. the form he had worked with, for so many years, gave way to a new form or dimension… a so called “forth dimension”, a place where the viewer or participant completes the thought or emotion. michael believes we are all capable of this experience if we allow ourselves the time and energy. he found that only the purest of thoughts needed to be expressed. as he states, “my work is an actualization of pure thought and pure expression… the challenge which remains, is for the viewer… for there is not a single answer or definition… there are however infinite possibilities.”

julia batliner: mt. dora center for the arts. 1999