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Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons -> 2nd Floor (LIB)
Location Notes:
LIB; 2nd fl., Book Area, Near Multi-Purpose Rm. 202

Mike McDonnell: A Michigan Artist ➔ Welcome to the Wonderful World of the Bubble Blowing Beer Bottle Ballroom

Mike McDonnell
Gift of the Mike McDonnell Estate
circa 1990
Frames - Height: 24 in Width: 50 in
Historical Context:
Mike McDonnell was born in Muskegon, Michigan, in 1937. From 1956 to 1958 he studied with W.H. Mosby at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He continued his classes from 1958 to 1960 with Sidney E. Dickinson at the Art Students League of New York. In 1959 he also completed a year of study at the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York with Robert Phillip and Dean Cornwell. He received additional training in portraiture, initially in oil. In his later works he strived to idealize his everyday subjects while emphasizing clean, precise colors and details. This particular painting is representative of a period in the artist's life when he was loosening his traditional painting inhibitions. New and brighter colors we used and the subject matter moves towards more of a surreal theme.