My purpose is not to create a message, but to appropriate the nature of contemporary visuality to the organic medium of painting.

My work is about visuality and materiality. How we see and how information is shown to us in the contemporary world. Sometimes a panorama, sometimes incremental. There is a decided difference between how humanity shows it's face and how nature shows hers. I began to see painting as the visual bridge between the natural world and the flat world. The origins and functions of painting seem to be growing increasingly obscure, now more than ever the relationship between ourselves and the unseen, the dead, and the unborn cannot ultimately rely on something that can be unplugged.

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The Work Of Michael Foley Video

This collection of the work of Michael Foley was put together by Tom Johnson. Tom worked in radio and television for years and did a beautiful voiceover where he talked about the paintings, however it was so intimidating to Foley, enigmatic by nature, that he asked Tom to take the voice track off.  Tom replaced it with music created by…

Fear and Forgiveness

On “Fear and Forgiveness” singer/songwriter Michael Foley shows his life in American music.  Folk, Soul, Rock , Blues, Country and more, and his ability to write shape, powerful vignettes that transform the joy  and sorrow of everyday people living everyday lives into song.  Known by some more for his considerable body of work in fine art, in painting especially ,…

Life On Earth – Hard At Work – 1974 – Archival Video

This film is comprised of images collected and filmed by Diane Swanson, wife of the lead guitar player Peter Swanson. Life On Earth was together for 7 years from 1970 to 1977 when it morphed into R.P.M.. By 1980 the members of the band had gone their separate ways. The shots of the band were taken in their studio in…