THE MICHAEL RICH GALLERY


MICHAEL RICH

contact: michaelrich@earthlink.net


Art Background: Art education at the Art Institute of Chicago, LA City College and UCLA. Emphasis has been in surreal, abstract and semi-abstract painting, photography, sculpture, and most recently, digital art. My work has been shown extensively as well as purchased by private collectors, e.g. the USC Dental School Library Gallery. My studio is in Hermosa Beach, CA.



Solo Exhibits

2008 Digital Variations, West Los Angeles College

1987 Manhattan Beach CA. Cultural Arts Retrospective


Group Exhibits

2015 American Landscapes, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

2015 Contemporary Group Exhibit, LA Artcore Gallery, Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA 2014 20x20x20 Exhibit, Louisiana State University, LA

2013 South Bay Contemporary, Zask Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA

2012 Small Wonders, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

2012 UNTITLED, Cannery Row Studies, Redondo Beach, CA

2012 2 Night Stand, Hermosa Beach Community Center, Hermosa Beach , CA

2011 TWIGS 2011 Group Exhibit, West Los Angeles College

2011 Ephemera Exhibit, Northwest Missouri State University, DeLuce Gallery

2010 Body Language Exhibit (prize winner), South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA

2010 Human Figure Exhibition, Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA

2010 Abstractions Exhibition, Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA

2010 Photography: Impact of a Medium, 2nd City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA

2009 Small Wonders, Maryland Federation of Art Annapolis, Maryland

2009 LAC/USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, Latrobe, PA

2009 Westmoreland Arts Nationals CC Exhibit, Latrobe, PA

2009 CLOSED, Mid-Career Art Exhibit, West Los Angeles College

2008 2008 20x20x20 Compact Competition, Louisiana State University, LA

2007 Inspired Black and White Exhibition, Long Beach, CA

2007 California Open Exhibition, Long Beach, CA

2006 New Directions ’06, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

2006 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Exhibit, Latrobe, PA

2006 Westmoreland Art Nationals, Westmoreland County CC, Latrobe, PA

2005 Gallery 825, LA Art Association, Open Show 2005, LA, CA

2005 Post Picasso/Virtual Fields; The Digital Landscape, Richmond, VA

2005 Wallworks 2005, Artcore Brewery Annex Gallery, LA, CA

2005 6th Annual SU National Exhibit, Shippensburg University, PA

2004 6th Annual Photographic Process Exhibition, Period Gallery, Lincoln,NE

2003 Brave Destiny 2003, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2003 6th Annual Small Works 03 (Special Recognition Award Winner), Period Gallery, Lincoln, NE

2003 TWIGS EXPOSED, Manhattan Beach, Creative Arts Center, CA

2002 Third Photography and Digital Image Biennial Exhibition, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 2002 22nd Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, Stamford, CT

2002 DPI Digitally Propelled Ideas, Cal Poly Pomona, CA

1998 - 2002 Malaga Cove Plaza Library Gallery (5 shows), Palos Verdes Estates, CA

2001 Superclown Children’s Art Gallery (benefit), Torrance, CA

2000 Harmony Works Gallery, Redondo Beach, CA

1999 Articulture Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

1999 The Aesthetic #3, arts magazine, featured artist

1998 Studio 218 Gallery, El Segundo, CA

1997 Gallery By the Sea, San Pedro, CA

1996 Hermosa Beach CA Art Walk

1995,96 Hermosa Beach CA Community Center (2 shows)

1980 San Bernardino CA Art Association Inland Exhibition XVI

1980 Santa Paula CA 44th Annual Art Exhibit

1979 San Bernardino CA Art Association Inland Exhibition XV

1979,80 Manhattan Beach CA Professional Art Festival (2 shows)

1973 Fourth Annual Festival Dominica Purchase Prize Competition, CA

1971 Los Angeles All City Art Festival

1971,72 Westwood Fine Arts Exhibition (2 shows), CA

1970 Westwood Fine Arts Exhibition (prize winner), CA

1970 Las Vegas Nevada 14th Annual Art Roundup

1970 Huntington Beach CA Prospectus/Art

1967 UCLA Extension Traveling Photography Exhibition

Enter Text

My output over the years has included many art forms from surreal to semi-abstract to abstract in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, assemblage and collage.  For the past few years, I have shifted my emphasis from abstract hard edge painting to digital art.

   As an artist, my primary objective has been to produce what I call a "balanced composition" in each completed work.  This is, admittedly, a quest that is driven and measured by my own internal subjective judgments.  I define a "balanced composition" as a harmony that exists between all of the various elements that are inherent in a finished work of art (e.g., color, texture, shape, relative location of areas, shading, etc.).