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Current Location:
P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science -> 1st Floor (KHS)
Location Notes:
KHS; 1st Fl; Rm 1173

Mike McDonnell: A Michigan Artist ➔ Two Gourds

Artwork
Identifier:
2013.2.59
Artist:
Mike McDonnell
Credit:
Gift of the Mike McDonnell Estate
Medium:
Watercolor on Paper
Date:
2009
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 15 in Width: 10 in
Description:
Two gourds with a white 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. These gourds were grown on his farm and part of his work space for many years. He was attracted to their surfaces.