This piece was inspired by the phrase "New York State of Mind." It is a surreal scene that intends to embrace the contrast between rural upstate New York and New York City, one of the largest cities in the world. In this piece, Billy Joel stands in the pose of the Statue of Liberty. With his right hand he hails a taxi cab, and in his left arm he holds a box of the packing material “wood wool.” This is also known as “excelsior” which is the state motto of New York, and is the expression to which the hot air balloon and the title of this painting refer. The apple is symbolic of both the state and the city, being the state fruit and the Big Apple. In the background the number of cows in curiously organized rows represents the year 1788 when New York officially became a state.

This painting was done in oil on top of acrylic on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

- Michael Wedge

Up and Out

oil paint, acrylic paint on stretched canvas

Signed on front

16" h x 20" w x .6" d
0 lbs. 12 oz.



Michael Wedge
Wyoming, New York

Getting to Know Michael

Michael Wedge works in a variety of mediums: sculpture, painting, mixed media and more. He oftentimes starts with a mental image and creates digital collages, which become the basis for his paintings. A lot of his work references themes from his personal life, such as the experience of living in a city versus in the countryside. If his art seems mysterious, it’s because he enjoys making complex works. “I am attracted to images or moments that seem to have something subtle or hidden under the surface,” he explains. When he’s not making art, he teaches it at an elementary school.