Related Objects
Current Location:
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health -> 4th Floor (DCIH)
Location Notes:
DCIH; 4th Floor; Above bench; Across from Room 471

Mike McDonnell: A Michigan Artist ➔ Towels

Artwork
Identifier:
2013.2.8
Artist:
Mike McDonnell
Credit:
Gift of the Mike McDonnell Estate
Medium:
Watercolor
Date:
circa 1982
Dimensions:
Frames - Height: 36 in Width: 29 in
Description:
White towels hanging on a wall hook.
Historical Context:
Mike McDonnell was a Muskegon, Michigan based artist who studied art in both Chicago and New York. Initially receiving training in classical portraiture and working primarily with oil paints, it wasn’t long before McDonnell found his own style. The GVSU Art Gallery Collection has over 800 paintings in their permanent collection of McDonnel’s work. The span of imagery is vast, everything from portraits to Michigan landscapes, from snow covered barns to still life paintings with the most absurd arrangement of items. While oil paintings are part of the collection, the majority are vibrantly colored watercolors. McDonnell would have to apply multiple layers of watercolor paint to achieve the rich, vibrant and realistic images he painted. These later works emphasized his clean, precise and detailed style.