Michael

Background

To know something about me is to know something about my art.

I was born in late November 1954. My hometown in Northwest Indiana was dominated by the towering presence of oil refineries and steel mills, creating a gray and hazy industrial landscape that, in retrospect, seemed like the outskirts of Mordor. My younger brother and I were raised by my Mom and Grandmother; two strong women of French descent and origin. Much of my love of nature and art came from my Grandmother. Ever since I can remember I have had a powerful imagination, a strong creative spirit, and a natural aesthetic for seeing beauty.

Mathematics and science always came easy to me, so it was no coincidence that I earned a Bachelor's degree in physics. I then went on to graduate school, where I studied theoretical astrophysics for three years and published an article on the motion of Mercury. However, I made a monumental change in my life when I decided that I did not want a career in academia. Instead, I left school and went to work as a game designer for a small company that made a roleplaying game called Dungeons and Dragons.

That decision led to 30 years in the game industry. During my career I helped to produce more than 75 titles, ranging from classic toys and video games to high-tech amusement park rides, from virtual reality entertainment to massively multi-player online worlds. Developing games fueled my creative spirit for three decades.

In 2010, I decided to quit active game development and pursue new creative endeavors. This was the beginning of my life as an artist.



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Inspirations

I am a self-taught digital artist and fine art printer. I use a variety of digital means to create and print my original works of art. My art is often an expression of my formal education in physics and mathematics, my personal experiences with Native American spirituality, and my interest in the origin stories of world cultures. I have been published in scientific journals and I am a sacred pipe carrier.

The digital world has an underlying mathematical nature to its very existence: the results of 1's and 0's. Modern computing has given rise to advances in complex calculations, making possible the development of new areas in math and visualization, such as fractals and 3D art.

Mathematics is often called the language of the universe because it is the underpinning of modern science. For me, it is the language of creation and beauty. Math is an essential element in much of my work, both as process and content.

In the 20th century, there were major shifts in the art world that lead to movements such as Cubism and Abstract Art that shifted the focus away from the external world, and instead, to the inner soul of the artist. Similarly, this digital age in which we are now immersed has brought about new transformations in many areas of life and art, and I seek to use that as inspiration.

I paint with pixels, using math to create my art. This work, both in scope and technique, forms the basis of how I explore the nexus of science, art, spirituality, and culture.

My digital artwork is most often inspired by the likes of Albert Einstein, The Dalai Lama, Salvador Dali, as well as other physicists, spiritual elders, and modern artists.

 

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Influences

For me the idea of beauty is based in Native American beliefs and in mathematical/scientific truths. Beauty is not about pretty pictures or valuable objects. Beauty comes from being connected to the source of creation – the numinous. Something of beauty reflects that natural flow of being in harmony with life. It mirrors the interconnectedness of all.

 The motivations for my digital art are to find those reflections and illustrate the interconnections that I find transcendentally beautiful. I am intrigued at how beauty is revealed in the grandest of things and in the tiniest of things. I love the fractal quality of life and existence. The patterns found in sub-atomic particles have so many similarities to those found in flowers and shells, as well as to the ones found in galaxies.

 Exploring beauty takes time and effort. It requires an openness to see with an inner vision. And it takes a heart to feel the elegance of mathematical truths. Beauty is all around us once we start to really look. It is my hope that you will find some bits of beauty in the images that I have created. And perhaps, even catch a glimpse of the numinous somewhere between the pixels and the ink, should you do me the honor of hanging one of my pieces in your home.

Michael Pierre Price
May 2017



Exhibitions

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2018 May
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2017 Oct

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2016 Dec
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2015 Jun
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Exhibition
All Art Arizona
Free Form
MAPS: Enigmatic Landscape
AZ Artists Guild Celebrating 90 Years
Off The Wall
Conception Arts: Phoenix
No Strangers
NightVisions VI
All Art Arizona
No Strangers
Off The Wall
All Art Arizona
Phinizy Photo Exhibit
Numinous

Venue
Art Intersection
Mesa Community College
Coconino Center For The Arts
Sky Harbor Airport Museum

Art Intersection
The Duce
Art Intersection
Coconino Center For The Arts
Art Intersection
Art Intersection
Art Intersection
Art Intersection
Augusta Regional Airport
Firehouse Gallery

Location
Gilbert, AZ
Mesa, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Phoenix, AZ

Gilbert, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Gilbert, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Gilbert, AZ
Gilbert, AZ
Gilbert, AZ
Gilbert, AZ
Augusta, GA
Louisville, KY

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Solo

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Two-Person