“Although many of the subjects of my paintings are beautiful women, my interest as an artist is in the formal qualities of design. I use warm and cool palettes to create the “snap”. The shapes are designed to create the feeling of elegance.
The figure offers me the ultimate challenge in drawing because the viewer’s innate knowledge will detect the slightest error. The female form has sufficient complexity and interest. The “describing” of the form visually is never boring.”
In addition to his elegant figures, Fitzpatrick is a master at creating wine country still life paintings. Pairing wine with cheese and fruit in a casual, yet artistic approach has made these paintings as popular as his figure oils.
Born in 1946, Michael Fitzpatrick received his B.A. from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Some of his major commissions include a wine label for Domain Chandon in the Napa Valley and Anhauser Busch, Fairfield, California. His paintings received high acclaim at the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2002 and 2003.
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