Despite resistance from those who have yet to comprehend a new style, a handful of artists have followed their vision to break new ground.
These artists have proven to be the innovators who have been responsible for the evolution of art.
As late as the end of the 19th century, artists were experimenting with new ideas, breaking away from the accepted norm of academic Realism. Edouard Manet chose to paint the way he preferred, rather than in the style others deemed acceptable. His ideas became Impressionism as we know, and revere it, today. Monet, Pissarro, Renoir and others worked in the same fashion, opting to capture the transient effects of light and color of a subject rather than to paint it with perfect, realistic precision, as was the accepted practice. Dedicated to their art, these artists continued to paint the same subjects and scenes at different times of the day and thus in different light, without apparent regard for the opinions of their critics.
Beginning as a child in the early 60’s on the walls of his parent’s home, Michael Israel has ventured beyond the traditional and accepted styles and “norms” of what is believed to be art.
Since then Michael’s work has touched millions. He has shared limelight with celebrities, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, and world leaders alike. He has painted and presented at some of the world’s grandest venues including Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, the Olympic Medals stage in Salt Lake, and Presidential events in Washington, D.C. Michael has helped inspire compassion and bring millions of dollars in support for hundreds of charities. One might wonder, then, how his contributions might be perceived in the future? Has society progressed so that a burgeoning artist might be recognized as a visionary with new, exhilarating facets to his work that might be viewed as insightful and revolutionary? Or rather, must he follow in the footsteps of his artistic forefathers, struggling for acceptance from a world largely refusing to widen its scope?
Indeed, Michael’s work moves far beyond the act of painting and the final result of what is achieved on canvas.
Yet, if only those portions of his work are considered, he may well be keeping company with some of the most brilliant artists.
One thing is for sure, decades into the future, Michael Israel will be exalted for creating the next genre of art, when a new movement in art is exactly about that: movement in art.