Contact C.J. Michelson



C.J. Michelson currently exhibits in the following galleries:

  • Classic Art Gallery,
    6th and San Carlos
    Carmel, CA
    Contact:  Diane Ingram

Biography of C.J. Michelson

Down deep in my heart, I am a Fauve. I love capturing a scene in wild and beautiful color, with only a suggestion of reality. I try to express the scene as powerfully as I can, through the use of arbitrary colors, rhythm and vibration. I get lost out there in my painting and it's exhilarating.

Born & Raised

Pittsburgh, PA


  • University of Kansas, BA in Fine Arts
  • The Arts Program, University of Kansas, Group of 12 persons chosen by portfolio to provide graphic arts support for the University
  • Art Director for advertising firm (Dusenbury and Alban) in Atlanta, GA
  • Plein air workshops with Charles Sovek , Louise DeMore and Ann Templeton

Major Influences

Van Gogh was first and foremost for me. And then I found Derain, Vlamink, Matisse and the Fauves. They totally changed the way I viewed painting.

Favorite Painters

VanGogh, Derain, Vlamink, Matisse, Dufy, Kandinsky, Jawlenski, August Gay, Seldon Gile, Louis Siegrest


  • "Color Fields", solo exhibit at McConnell Gallery, San Luis Obispo, August-Sept, 2003
  • The 23rd Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, October-Nov, 2003
  • 38th Annual Open National Exhibition of the San Bernadino County Museum, Oct, 2003
  • "The Joyful Colors of the Central Coast, McConnell Gallery, San Luis Obispo, Solo Exhibit, May, 2002
  • Galaxy 2002, Juried exhibition, Paso Robles Art Association, May, 2002
  • Brush Strokes, Twelfth Annual Juried exhibition, San Luis Obispo, October-December 2001, Honorable Mention AwardBeauty, Caught, Kept, Cambria
  • Schoolhouse Gallery, October-November 2001
  • Wednesday Irregulars Annual Plein Air Art Show, Van Rhyn Gallery, Cambria, October-2001, October,2003
  • Landscape 2001, International exhibition, Special Recognition Award, Omaha, Neb, September,2001
  • Bold Expressions, Northern California Arts, Inc, 46 Annual International Exhibition, July, 2001

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