the artist

Michael Olszewski

Michael Olszewski

Baltimore, MD

Michael Olszewski

Through my fiber collages, I strive to visually recreate the essence of feelings and emotions that co-exist in aspects of consciousness, relationships with others and in transitional life crises. 

In the paintings, I attempt to create a sense of atmosphere about the location and how I felt in the specific environment.


Fast Facts

Name: Michael Olszewski


Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland

BFA 1972 Maryland Institute College of Art
MFA 1977 Cranbrook Academy of Art

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
William Prince; Maryland Institute College of Art
Pat Campbell; Kansas City Art Institute
Gerhardt Knodel; Cranbrook Academy of Art

Particular field of study or class work:
Textiles-Japanese Shibori Dyeing Techniques, Painting in watercolor and gouache

Major influences:
What, not who: personal issues, the landscape, and human interactions.

Admired artists:
Marsden Hartley, Edward Hooper, John Singer Sargent, Sonia Delauney, Andrew Wyeth, Martin Puryear, Neysa Grassi, Russian Constructivists, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Josef Hoffman, James McNeill Whistler, Don Bachardy, Mark Rothko, Rebecca Goodale, Michael Borremans

Favorite materials or media:
Primarily silk, but all types of fabric, fabric collage-hand stitching, embroidery, applique, painting in watercolor and gouache

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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