By: Bailey Dodds, Seraphin Gallery Resident
This year's Mainsail Arts Festival produced an overwhelming turnout, featuring over 260 artists with awards totaling $60,000 dollars. For the second year in a row, Seraphin Gallery artist Michel Delgado took Best of Mainsail, receiving a 10,000 prize along with this superior recognition. His work was highly praised by the judges and crowds alike. Delgado has also participated in numerous art festivals in the past, such as The Beaux Arts Festival of Miami, Sun Fest Art Festival, Melbourne Arts Festival, and The World Arts Festival. Likewise, Delgado has had solo exhibitions in both Florida and Philadelphia and his work can be found in various museums and private collections throughout the world.
This year, Delgado will have a solo exhibition with Seraphin Gallery at the beginning of the season from September 7th to October 23rd. The show will feature works from the artist’s White Series, a collection of paintings similar to the ones shown at the Mainsail Arts Festival. In addition, the show will also exhibit Delgado’s most recent series, the Gum Spotting Experience.
The White Series highlights Delgado’s use of oil and mixed media on wood, a process that allows Delgado to build heavily tactile and vivid imagery. Each painting is made up of specific layers of texture created from a range of splattered paint, barbed wire, string and found objects, which enrich the subjects of the underlying drawing. The unnerving and primitive style of characters that Delgado invents proposes a feeling of eccentricity, curiously engaging the viewer in a mental dialogue. The paintings depicting images of spirited animals, impish faces and powerful scenes of fierce truths create a versatile and engaging collection.
In a 2014 mixed media painting, Untitled (Horse), a black wooden panel is coated with varying layers of splattered white paint, horseshoes and a drawing of a large horse-like figure. Smaller vignettes of faces and buildings surround the ghostly horse silhouette suggesting a fabricated reality. The highly detailed painting expresses collected stories from Delgado’s homeland experiences. Each character and mark forms a unique account of emotion and existence.
Selected works from The Gum Spotting Experience will also be shown at Seraphin Gallery. Paintings from this series differ slightly from the White Series in that they are on watercolor paper instead of wood and are generally smaller and more compact in nature. This collection of work reiterates hectic compositions and vibrant color palettes. The subjects of Delgado’s paintings form a tantalizing narrative of the imaginative space between reality and fantasy. The heavy line work and rigid silhouettes reflect a rapid stream of consciousness that is consistent with Delgado’s other series. The concept for theses intricate compositions comes from Delgado’s observations of gum spots-- the remnants of gum that are left behind on streets and sidewalks. The nuanced distinctions of these unique gum imprints remains hidden to the everyday passerby, but Delgado reveals abstract elements and narratives in each Gum Spotting Experience.
Viewing the combination of works from both the White Series and The Gum Spotting Experience, allow the viewer a full breadth of Michel Delgado’s work. This will be a dynamic and highly anticipated show to start off the new Fall season at Seraphin Gallery.
More to come about Delgado's work-