A native Oregonian, Michael Brophy creates paintings that are uniquely indigenous to the Pacific Northwest. His work, ranging in scale from grand to intimate, pays homage to Oregon’s natural and human history. Here, Brophy presents a series of small oil paintings that explore the Owyhee desert area. His refined technical skill reveals images that are dramatic and probing in their stark portrayals.
A graduate of Pacific Northwest College of Art, Michael Brophy has taught art at PNCA and Portland State University. His work has been exhibited throughout the Northwest and includes Baja to Vancouver, a traveling exhibition from the Seattle Art Museum; The Grand View: Bierstadt to Brophy, at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA; and a one-person exhibition entitled; The Romantic Vision of Michael Brophy through the Tacoma Art Museum and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Honors include a 2003 Fellowship from RACC; a Juror’s Award from the 1997 Oregon Biennial; a 1995 Pollock / Krasner Grant; and a 1990 Westaf NEA Grant. His work is in collections including the Hallie Ford Museum at Willamette University, Portland’s City Hall, Oregon State University Library, Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum.