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KHS; 2nd fl; Suite 2290; Between 2290h and 2290i

Mike McDonnell: A Michigan Artist ➔ Silo

Mike McDonnell
Gift of the Mike McDonnell Estate
Watercolor on Paper
circa 1969
Artworks - Height: 12 in Width: 16 in
A red barn stands in the center of the image, with a white silo in the background.
Historical Context:
Mike McDonnell was born in Muskegon, Michigan, in 1937. From 1956 to 1958 he studied with W.H. Moshy at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He continued his classes from 1958 to 1960 with Sidney E. Dickinson at the Art Student's 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. With this painting, one of his friends informed Mike he was a symbolist. Before then he had considered himself a representational painter.