My recent work is concerned with memory and the passage of time. Life is constantly changing, and change is what makes life interesting. When I make a painting I am in the present moment, though I am also aware of the past at the same time. I hope to surprise myself and I never fully plan a work, but rather let it evolve and change as I go along in the process of creating.
My work often has a dream-like quality as a result of my concerns with fluid thinking and decision making during the process. Intuition is important to my work as well. I choose images to work from using found photographs or photos I have taken myself. My primary concern in recent works are a series on 1950s and 60s childhood and family images in America. As an openly gay artist since the late 1970s, I have always been a figurative artist/painter. My work has evolved and changed over the years — from early works which were rooted in a kind of domestic surrealism, or “backyard surrealism” — to a more complex exploration of male sexuality and gender roles. Many of my works can be seen as a critique of the “American dream.”
ABOUT MICHAEL TICE
Michael Tice received a BFA from the University of South Carolina, a two-month fellowship to the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, an Artist’s Fellowship from the S.C. Arts Commission, and has done graduate work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and at New York University. He lived and worked in New York for 35 years, and now resides in Carrboro, NC.
Michael Tice has had solo exhibitions in Manhattan at the 55 Mercer Gallery, Sensory Evolution Gallery, the Gallery at Flamingo East, Lucky Strike Gallery, and also at Time & Space, Ltd., in Hudson, NY. He has had solo exhibitions outside New York at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL, the Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC, and the Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC, among others. He exhibited his work frequently in New York since the early 1980s, and has been featured in several curated exhibitions in New York at The Painting Center, Fashion Institute of Technology, The Durst Organization, Margaret Bodell Gallery, George Billis Gallery and in other group shows at Exit Art, Sara Meltzer Gallery, PS 122, New York University, Ceres Gallery, Leslie-Lohman Foundation, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, Artist’s Space, Lower East Side Printshop, Times Square Lobby Gallery, Westbeth Gallery, Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, La Mama Gallery, Bess Cutler Gallery, Gracie Mansion Gallery, Limbo Lounge Gallery, and numerous other galleries and alternative spaces.
Michael’s work has appeared nationally in group exhibitions at the Stroud Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC, the Weatherspoon Gallery at UNC, Winston Salem, NC, the French Library and Cultural Institute, Boston, MA, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, the Stamford Museum of Art, Stamford, CT, and the Minnesota Museum of Art in St. Paul, MN, among others.
Michael Tice was born October 4, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia.