Michelle Osman is best known for her oil paintings of storm clouds that eddy and churn over narrow slices of land. Using thin layers of oil paint, (in the tradition of Renaissance artists) Osman’s paintings verge on the hyperreal.
Painted from photo references, each cloud formation is a specific memory experience for Osman, while the details in the land are altered to create an open narrative. For Osman the subject must refer to something over and beyond its manifest self; the poignancy of headlights under the storm; the details and flesh of our inner emotions; the grace of perspective.
Osman has shown internationally in West on the Left, East on the Right at the Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China and is preparing for a solo show at E. L. Wiegand Gallery at the Churchill Arts Council of Fallon, Nevada.