|The Discovery of Protocols for the Use of Natural Pigments
in Oil Painting
The late James Beck, professor in Art History at Columbia
Michael Price has restored and preserved for Western culture our Renaissance
tradition, that depended on artists and their assistants grinding the
semiprecious stones and mixing them with oils according to propriety recipes.
Time - and, from my vantage point as an art historian, industrialisation -
caused the Western culture to irretrievably lose the methods of making
natural pigments. Michael Price has single-handedly mitigated that historic
His rediscovery of the lost historic methods for preparing mineral pigments
reopens and represents this medium for artists across the world. As a teacher
and professor of Art History to today’s young artists, I am absolutely
convinced that Michael’s painting and speaking presence in the United States
will signify a reawakening of that tradition.
|The Timeless Nude
The aim of my exploration of the nude and human figure conceived within a timeless universe is to reveal that the
archetypal images carried within ourselves are just as real - or imaginary - as the physical world we inhabit. This
tangible and finite world provides the inspiration for the painting process.
The colour is produced from rocks and crystals including lapis lazuli, azurite and cinnabar, the natural and luminous
colours of the Renaissance palette. Since 2008, pure gold leaf provides the perfect complement for the chromatic
values of natural pigments.
Through the poetry of Euclidean geometry, the structural foundation for a composition is established. This allows the
message carried within the image to attain its maximum impact and resonance to unveil the memory of our
immortality reflected from the mortal perspective.