Michele Tragakiss

“Pulling from an otherworldly place and using multiple layers of paint and glaze, I hope to bring forth a personal story—a visual stream of (sub)consciousness."

Third Eye, Acrylic on canvas 16 x 12 in

Michele Tragakiss received her BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and studied Graphic Design for an additional year at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After working many years in graphic design she decided to stay home and raise her two boys. 2013 marked a return to her roots as a fine artist. Her most recent series of paintings attempt to bridge the gap between the dream world and reality. Michele has exhibited extensively across the USA and most recently at Southington Arts and Cultural Center, Southington, CT, the BWAC Wide Open 8 National Art Show in Brooklyn, NY and with Saatchi Art.  Michele was born in Los Angeles and now lives and works in Connecticut.

The Left, Acrylic on paper 26 x 19 in.
White Interference, Acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 in.
The Right, Acrylic on paper 26 x 19 in.
Wedding Dance, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

“Pulling from an otherworldly place and using multiple layers of paint and glaze, I hope to bring forth a personal story—a visual stream of (sub) consciousness. Most often my paintings begin with only a color scheme in mind. At the start of my work, I spread paint in an exhilarating period of complete freedom, energy, and expression. Moving paint around the canvas, I’m guided only by my gut and instincts - one color guides another, one shape dictates the next. After this initial development, the real work begins—the work of tearing down and rebuilding. There is always struggle before the resolution but it is in the act of painting that a narrative emerges and perhaps even some meaning from this mysterious place”.

Review published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images courtesy of the artist