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Up and Out

Michael Wedge

oil paint, acrylic paint on Stretched canvas

One-of-a-kind

Signed on front

2016

16 " h x 20 " w x .6 " d |0 lbs. 12 oz.

$500

SHIPS FREE

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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

Wyoming, New York

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.

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Jwoodrome 1/2/2013 | 6:40 PM

Wow. Very striking piece

J Kopun 7/26/2012 | 4:07 PM

Hey Mike, Cool art! We were trying to friend you guys on Facebook but you both are super private. Can you friend Alex Fedorow on Facebook. His profile pic is black and white and he is playing the guitar. Hope to speak to you guys soon. Jeanne

Michael Wedge 8/5/2010 | 4:18 PM

Great! I'm glad to hear you are happy with it. Enjoy!

Brenda 8/5/2010 | 10:58 AM

Just received Girl in a Blue Room - it's even more beautiful in person. I love the background design, and the way you can see it through the girl's face.

Michael Wedge 4/4/2010 | 1:04 AM

I'm very glad to hear it arrived safely and that you are pleased with it! Thank you for your purchase. I hope you enjoy it for years to come.

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T Hagerman purchased this artwork. 3/23/2010 | 5:10 PM

Just received my painting. The shipping took some time, but I very pleased when it arrived. The colors and composition where exactly what I was expecting. It is now perched above my fireplace and definitely the showpiece of my family room!

Michael Wedge 6/30/2009 | 6:17 PM

You're very welcome. Thank you for looking and sharing your thoughts.

L Drake 6/30/2009 | 5:36 PM

Well said. I am often struck at how much time we (people) spend doing each activity. I, personally, have spent days on planes, weeks in cars etc. I also find it interesting that traveling vast distances in short amounts of time is almost incomprehensible to the human brain, and it is such a relatively new phenomenon. Being in a different state or country in a few hours can be psychologically disorienting. Thanks for explaining your art!

Michael Wedge 6/30/2009 | 5:28 PM

I realized that a significant amount of my time was spent driving and that much of what I experience (and many people experience) visually is seen from moving vehicles. It is a unique viewpoint because even though we are still, the world around us is in motion. I guess if all the visual information a person takes in on a daily basis is given equal weight, then that information which is seen from a car or a train or a plane is especially important in shaping our overall understanding of things because we can see so much in such a brief period of time.

L Drake 6/29/2009 | 1:48 PM

That sounds interesting. I know other artists on Ugallery have captured the methods of travel, such as planes etc, and others have portrayed the destination as a scenic getaway. Your piece "Destination" actually captures the experience of walking and taking a taxi. Very cool. How do you think travel contributes to our visual culture?

Michael Wedge 6/26/2009 | 11:05 PM

LBelle, thank you for your kind words! I am currently working on a series of paintings relating to the theme of travel, how it contributes to our visual culture, and how it is related to the art-making process. Thank you again for your comments.

L Drake 6/25/2009 | 5:42 PM

Hi Michael, I think your "Destination" piece perfectly captures the hassle and frazzle of city travel. I love your art! Thanks!

Michael Wedge 6/12/2009 | 2:04 PM

Thank you, artist_atl. I appreciate it.

artist_atl 6/12/2009 | 12:40 AM

Wow! It would be impossible to become tired of this, which so much activity for the eye to take in.

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