Michael David Kozlowski

PTDW Grad Noontime Lecture Series
Wednesday, March 13, 12:15 p.m.1:00 p.m.

280 S. Columbus Drive Room 319

Michael David Kozlowski


Michael David Kozlowski is both a process painter and a representational painter. In his most recent work, paint is torn away from the ground in a single gesture to create a presence on or in the painting. This process employs both careful planning and a great deal of chance for an end result that is capable of being guided but never dictated. The most successful of these have been called brutal, grotesque, and immediate but also subtle, delicate, and elegant.

Michael draws on source imagery from television, personal photographs, art history and screen shots of movies in which he has appeared as a background, “extra.” Contained within the broad idea of “presence,” are explorations into self-portraiture, memory, and time, as well as of the fictions we carry into our realities and the realities we carry into fictions.

Though a lifelong painter, Michael did not begin showing seriously until 2015 following a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. He has since shown his work extensively in his home state of Connecticut as well as New York, Vermont, and most recently Chicago. In 2016 Michael was inducted into New Canaan’s Silvermine Guild of Artists. He was named one of the 50 Memorable Painters of 2015 by The Huffington Post’s John Seed and in 2016 was the subject of a Hearst Media feature article.

In addition to his regular practice Michael has also donated artistic effort toward numerous community organizations, including Sing for Hope NYC and the Westport Art Center’s artist-in-residence program.

Michael is currently studying toward his MFA in the Painting and Drawing department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Image Details: Michael David Kozlowski, Portrait 3, 30 x 52”, Acrylic and Plasticized Hydrocal Plaster on Canvas on Panel, 2018