That’s Just A Myth

“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” This was the mentality Michael Hurst had growing up in the suburbs. When he got older, he moved into the city and made a startling discovery: there is no grass there! His work is heavily influenced by his lifelong infatuation with city life. Graphic, urban-inspired portraits speak to the tension between the hip, public persona these figures portray and their true vulnerability that they try to conceal.

“My new body of work is an attempt to incorporate Renaissance ideas with contemporary imagery. During the process of making this collection I spent countless hours studying Italian Renaissance painting, sculpture and philosophy, focusing on Florentine artists, primarily the Medici family tree and the creative thinkers they patronized. I am a strong believer that the best way to understand our past is to walk in the shoes of those who came before us, in my case it was the renaissance masters, in their case it was the Greeks before them. The ideas that they brought to light through art are still relatable today, being that many of those pagan ideas were eventually recycled into almost every school and religion practiced today. Ideas like hope, discovery, temptation, justice, knowledge, accountability, etc. are still very relevant and very necessary in understanding human behavior past and present,” says Hurst.

Michael Hurst was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his BFA in Fine Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Three months after graduating, he co-founded Engine 22 Studios in downtown Cincinnati: an artists’ space with twelve individual studios, which he rehabbed and managed. In the span of two and a half years, he has participated in twenty-three group shows all around the U.S., three auctions and was invited back to the AAC as a guest speaker to the senior class. In 2005 he began Masters Degree courses at Maryland Institute College of Art, and graduated with a degree in painting on May 14th, 2007. Hurst currently lives in Covington, KY and works in Cincinnati, OH.

We’re really excited to welcome Michael’s newest collection to Fabricate and honored that he considered us worthy of showcasing his work. Please join us for the new exhibition, potable beverages and all of the fun Northside Second Saturdays has to offer!

For more on Michael Hurst please visit http://www.michaelhurst.com/.

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