Night Portrait, a series of large and medium scale oil paintings, in combination with a selection of gouaches on paper, shows Michael Brophy continuing to expand his stylistic vocabulary and subject matter. Particularly well known for familiar scenes of the Pacific Northwest, with this show Brophy merges his interest in contemporary human experience and landscape with a graphic sense inspired by Old Master painters such as Piero della Francesca and Giotto. Specifically, he paints portraits of the night. Scenes of earth and sky are dark, still, and iconic.
Northwest artist Michael Brophy graduated in 1985 from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he has also taught. He has shown extensively in the Northwest in both solo and group exhibitions. His work is in collections including Microsoft, the Multnomah County Library Collection, the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, OSU Library in Corvallis, and the City of Portland, OR. Public commissions include Portland’s City Hall, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in Wasco, OR, and most recently Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines, WA.