Michele Mikesell’s ‘Cautionary Tales’

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Michele Mikesell’s ‘Cautionary Tales’ paintings featured at JRB Art at the Elms

JRB Art at The Elms highlights “Cautionary Tales,” a series of compelling new paintings by Michele Mikesell, whose work will be on display through February 29.

Mikesellʼs work explores the universal human experience. Common themes include the connectedness between human ideas and animal instinct. Irony, contradiction, humor and tragedy are prevalent throughout her work. Along with the strong subject matter, Mikesellʼs paintings are process intensive. By wiping, scraping and sanding layers of paint, she builds up a surface that culminates into a pristine slick finish, resulting in a contrasting yet uniform aesthetic.

“In the 13 years that we have exhibited Michele’s work, I continue to be amazed at her insight into the psychology of human and animal behavior as well as the skill and variety of her presentation,” said gallery director Joy Reed Belt. “This new body of work is sophisticated, expertly crafted, and vividly communicates the myriad of emotions experienced by all living creatures.”

Mikesell earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in graphic design from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, and completed her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma. She currently lives in Dallas and paints full time in her Oak Cliff studio.

Mikesell’s work can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, and has been exhibited in many prestigious National and International Art Fairs including Scope and Aqua Fair in conjunction with Miami Art Basel, Scope New York and Basel Switzerland, The Hong Kong Contemporary, Art Santa Fe, and the Affordable Art Fair Brussels, London, Singapore, New York, Mexico, and Hong Kong.

JRB Art Gallery is located in Oklahoma City’s Paseo District.

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