Philip Michelson

American, Born 1948

California artist and noted contemporary realist, Philip Michelson, breathes new life into the things often forgotten or discarded by presenting them as iconic portraits. He has been a professional artist since 1979, and has produced work in several media including watercolor, acrylic, collage, lithography and photography. Michelson’s work has captured the attention of curators, collectors and museums for more than 30 years. With works in major museums such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institute for American Art in Washington, DC, his paintings never cease to wow his viewers. His art has been pursued by many important corporate collections around the country, including both IBM and Apple Corporations in addition to numerous public and private collections.

Michelson’s subjects, presented as portraits, are given personalities so that they transcend their previous lives as objects. His methodical and precise approach in his technique is arduous and painstaking. Attention is given to every scratch, chip, peel and scuff on the surfaces of each object, as if to capture the essence of every line or wrinkle in a face, so that the viewer will ‘feel’ the coolness of the tin or the smoothness of the leather. Not only do Philip Michelson’s artworks delight and awe, they change the way we look at things