Born in Los Angeles in 1945, Michael Gallagher has charted a distinguished trajectory in the world of fine arts. Earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 1968, Michael further honed his expertise at Yale University School of Art & Architecture, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in 1970. This was complemented by the honor of receiving the Eli Harwood Schless Memorial Award for Drawing & Painting.
During his tenure at Yale, Michael was mentored by luminaries such as Jack Tworkov, Josef Albers, Robert Motherwell, Walker Evans, William Baily, Lester Johnson, Barbara Rose, and Al Held. Their pedagogical approaches and dedication to art have been seminal in shaping Michael’s artistic philosophy and practice.
Expanding his academic pursuits, Michael secured a fellowship at Yale University’s Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut. He also deepened his specialization at the University of California, Los Angeles, under the guidance of acclaimed artists and educators like David Hockney, Alfred Leslie, Irving Petlin, and Tony Berlant.
Now based in Orange County, California, Michael’s oeuvre has garnered national and international attention, solidifying his position as a leading contemporary artist. His paintings, emblematic of both depth and technique, are housed in venerable institutions: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, and the Jewish Museum in New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC; The Byer Museum of the Arts in Evanston; The Edwin Ulrich Museum in Wichita; The Frederick Weisman Foundation in Beverly Hills; The Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia; The Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University; and Union College Permanent Collection in Schenectady.
For academic institutions and museums seeking a seasoned artist with a rich legacy and a commitment to furthering the discourse in contemporary art, Michael Gallagher stands as an exemplary candidate.