Michael Stewart works in many media including painting, drawing, sculpture and print making. Ranging from figurative to abstract, his work invariably incorporates multiple layers of meaning. He has had numerous group and solo shows of his work in New York City as well as in galleries throughout the Northeast. He is represented by Appleton Art Design in Westport, CT and his work is currently on exhibit at Red Run Gallery in Pocono Pines, PA.
Michael received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University, where he studied graphic design and fine arts. He also studied painting with David Leffel and Frank O’Cain at the Art Student’s League in New York City, sculpture with Martine Vaugel at the National Academy in New York City and in the Loire Valley, France, painting and collage with Stewart Diamond in New York City, and printmaking with Bill Behnken and Michael Pelletteri at the Art Students League.
Stewart occasionally creates protest art addressing urgent socio-political situations. His current work is a multi-media installation called Reckoning: An Installation on Political Power, Greed and the Climate Emergency that focuses on the devastating impact the current U.S. administration is having on environmental policies.
In 2004, Stewart created a politically themed show called States of Heads: Unauthorized Portraits that traveled to galleries throughout the Northeast. Creating large, close-up, oil portraits, Stewart selectively depicted the world-wide male power structure, revealing the true emotional and spiritual condition of his subjects in their brief moments of unmasked expression. The show received numerous accolades and generated extensive media attention.