is an artist who creates oil paintings on canvas and also full size acrylic wall
murals. His style is influenced by the French and American Impressionists and
Post-Impressionists. Although he is a great admirer of the Impressionists, his
brushes and pallet knives seem to find their own way in twenty first century
Impressionist, Claude Monet, said “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and
torment.” Although Michael Munz can just appreciate this quote, he does submit that
color, after design and value, is, by far, the most essential compositional
aspect in painting; subject matter being less important. Michael says, “When
looking at a painting, the eye should do some of the work, to realize the essence
of the art, and to inspire the viewer’s emotional reaction.” Michael emphasizes
color because he believes that, as an artist, he can describe a scene in ways that figurative
detail and subject matter cannot; since color is the fabric in the creative imagination
of the artist; necessary (along with skill to produce an aesthetically pleasing
object) in what we can call “Art”.
As a respected member of the Stanwood-Camino Artists Guild, Michael’s oil
paintings have been award First and Second prizes in recent juried art shows.
He has had two individual artist exhibits. One of his oil paintings
hangs in the University of Washington Mathematics Department. He has a small
following of patrons, throughout the country, who return to acquire additional original
oil paintings for their collections. His art has been used in promotional
material for the 50th annual Anacortes, Wa. Arts Festival. He has successfully
participated in the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild’s “Art in Public Places”. Also, Michael has been a successful contributing member of the Twin Rivers Art Gallery.