Artist Michael Kilgore creates work that is heavily inspired by cubism and modernist artistic practices. Drawing inspiration from Picasso and surrealism, Michael infuses his cubism with personal identity and contemporary ideals.
Michael works in a variety of media. His paintings draw directly from historical influences, often inspired by the strange, disjointed figures seen in the work of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. His subjects are sometimes anonymous, and sometimes recognizable – for example, historic stars like Ella Fitzgerald are at home in his portfolio, as well as contemporary icons such as Naomi Campbell. The majority of Michael’s figures are African American, a fact that draws out the artist’s own identity as well as placing the images in a more contemporary setting.
The artist has also worked with collage, taking found image cut out from magazines and other sources to create complex, layered images that speak multitudes while containing only sparse moments of text.