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Current Location:
Eberhard Center -> 9th Floor (EC)
Location Notes:
EC; 9th Floor; Right of Rm. 921

Mike McDonnell: A Michigan Artist ➔ Black and White Interior

Mike McDonnell
Gift of the Mike McDonnell Estate
Watercolor on Paper
circa 1982
Artworks - Height: 20 in Width: 30 in
A black and white checkered floor extends from foreground to background. Assorted shapes appear on the left and right, with the suggestion of rooms in the background.
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. Creating interior spaces such as the one in this piece, held his attention for over twenty five years. In his later works he strived to idealize his everyday subjects while emphasizing clean, precise colors and details.