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Upward, Mike Grahn, 2024, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

Color and Motion: Mike Grahn’s Acrylic Series

Mike Grahn's 2024 series of acrylic paintings showcases a dynamic exploration of texture and color, creating visually striking landscapes that pulse with life and motion.

Mike Grahn creates dynamic acrylic paintings exploring the beauty of natural cycles and emotional landscapes through vivid textures and colors.

Each artwork is a testament to Grahn's ability to manipulate paint to capture the vibrancy of nature and the emotional resonance of abstract forms. These pieces collectively offer a journey through an abstract world where each stroke and color choice becomes a narrative unto itself.

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Fall

 

Fall, Mike Grahn, 2024, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

Fall, Mike Grahn, 2024, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

"Fall" embodies the chaotic beauty of the autumn season through a tumult of vibrant colors and palpable textures. Grahn employs a rich palette of oranges, reds, and yellows, meshed with bold strokes and splatters that mimic the falling leaves and the dynamic earthy ground. This painting is a celebration of decay and renewal, with each layer of paint adding depth and intensity, inviting the viewer to delve into a canvas that is both a visual feast and an emotive landscape.

Upward

Upward, Mike Grahn, 2024, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

Upward, Mike Grahn, 2024, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

"Upward" captures the essence of growth and the striving nature of life. The artwork features a dynamic interplay of blues and greens, with vertical strokes that suggest movement towards the sky. Grahn's technique of layering thick, vibrant swatches of paint creates a tactile sensation, making the canvas seem alive with energy. The upward motion in the painting is both hopeful and relentless, symbolizing life's continual push towards light and expansion.

Hope Blossom

Hope Blossom, Mike Grahn, 2024, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

Hope BlossomMike Grahn, 2024, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

In "Hope Blossom," Grahn explores the themes of rebirth and optimism through a burst of colors emanating from a central point. This piece combines dark, moody backgrounds with bright, emerging floral elements, suggesting the blossoming of hope even in dark times. The contrast between the shadowy depths and the luminous foreground exemplifies Grahn's skill in using color and texture to convey complex emotional states and the beauty of resilience.

Mike Grahn's recent artworks in acrylic are profound meditations on the natural cycles of growth, decay, and rebirth. Through "Fall," "Upward," and "Hope Blossom," he masterfully uses the medium to explore and express these themes with a vividness that is both visually captivating and emotionally engaging. Each painting invites viewers to experience the layers of texture and color, encouraging a personal connection to the universal stories they tell.

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Holly, Mike Grahn, 2024, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

Holly, Mike Grahn, 2024, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in. / 40.64 x 50.8 cm.

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