The emotion of a single moment in time is what motivates Michael Guinane to paint. Whether it be a still and quiet moment of an individual, or capturing the total environment created by multiple figures in one place, his work allows you to see deeper into the subject. Michael creates an atmosphere for the viewer to feel. Whether it be a moment in history or the artist's personal experience, a quiet winter night in the park or a busy city street, these works capture the feeling and mood one gets from being in a certain place or time. Everyone experiences the world in a different way. Each person will look at the environment around themselves and the people within that place and have their own interpretation of what is happening and who is there. We all take our own personal life experience and will view something in our own way. As this applies to paintings, it is fascinating to listen to the different interpretations of a single work. Much of Michaels work leaves open the possibility to read a scene in ones own way and see and connect with the characters and places caught in a moment of suspension and sparking the imagination of what has happened and what is to come next.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael Guinane moved to Columbus in 1996 to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design. He graduated with a bfa majoring in illustration in 2000. Michael continues to live and work in Columbus showing in galleries, public venues and doing privately commissioned works that are shown throughout the country while also teaching courses in painting at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. He is represented by the Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus and The River Gallery in Cleveland.