James Michalopoulos

James Michalopoulos paints en plein air, or outdoors, using an abstracted, figurative style where each artwork focuses on color, volumetric shape, and graphic lines. Intrigued by the duality of beauty and decay, the architecture of New Orleans became his muse and, later, the French countryside and musical imagery. Michalopoulos is known for rendering shotgun houses and Creole cottages in thick impasto layers and vibrant colors. “Elemental truth of and in my subject and life drives me. I am focused on the expression of the essentials—the force and essence of my subject. [The] highest and best representation recreates the heart of the subject and its outward evident beauty or qualities,” he says.

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