In the past few years…
Mike Chearney, has shown his unique color drivien paintings worldwide alongside many of his childhood idols; Chagall, Miro, Picasso, Dali, Hockney, Moses, Graham, Basquiat, and Ruscha, A second career fine artist, he began painting at 40 and is honored to hang with many contemporary trailblazers like Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, Carlos Bentancourt and Kelly Berg.
It all started when…
Mike took a leap of faith in 2005 and left his career as a Madison Avenue Creative Director to pursue to his passion for a life outside the lines. A self-taught painter, inspired by his early Baltimore childhood, Mike continues to pioneer a new energetic style of painting. Calling himself an abstract energetic painter, he believes art can transmit it’s own positively charged energy field lifting the viewer’s experience and his environment they inhabit. Chearney’s work explores color and texture signatures that open a window to a new dimension of seeing and feeling art previously unseen to many.
Mike Chearney with Cornell Museum Curator Melanie Johanson, Opening: Who is Joan Quinn: A Life in Portraits in which his painting “She captured their hearts and held them close” was the featured portrait.
Mike exhibited at Greece’s leading contemporary gallery, The Rarity Gallery, in Mykonos in the Spring and Summer of 2018 and he is currently working on new paintings for a Greek Series there showing in Summer 2019 based on the origins of democracy. He is known for his energetic portraits of people, places, and objects. Primarily working on commission, Mike sees beyond the subject to the particular energetic signature within them, their best selves, their soul.
Mike Chearney with Rarity Gallery Director, Vassilis Matsaidonis
His greatest honor has been the support of the charity A Window Between Worlds. He received their Creative Vision award in 2017 for his work in energetic transmission and healing art and a Commendation from the City of Los Angeles as well. He is dedicated to healing abuse and discrimination through art, as are they.
Mike Chearney lives and works in Los Angeles CA with a studio in the wonderful coffee heaven and expanding universe that is the LA Arts District.