Evan Lurie Gallery hosts artist Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman, left, shows paintings to Evan Lurie at the Evan Lurie Gallery.
Michael Gorman, left, shows paintings to Evan Lurie at the Evan Lurie Gallery.

By David Nance

Artist Michael Gorman was hosted by the Evan Lurie Gallery at 30 W Main St. in Carmel earlier this month. Current sat down with Gorman for an interview during his visit.

Q: Tell us about your background.

A: I suppose I’ve never really been far away from art. My mom is a great painter, so I was always around art. I went off to the military for four years right after high school, and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. After I got out of the military I wanted to do architecture, went to college at the University of Kansas, and then moved over to industrial art and design.

Q: What led you to your career in painting”

A: When I took a painting class, and that was it, I knew. My professor said that I should seriously consider making painting my major, so I did, and I ended up going to Berkley to get my master’s degree. I really never thought I would use my degree, but I did.

Q: What led to partnering with the Evan Lurie Gallery?

A: I met Evan Lurie and his brothers back in 1994, and I gave him some paintings I had left over from college, and they sold them all in a week. That was it. I got a call a few days after and they asked if I could make a few more of these paintings right away, and offered me a studio, a car, and the money I needed to work. They set me up with everything I needed, and I’ve been working with them ever since. I think they’ve sold a couple thousand pieces of mine over the past 21 years.

Q: What mediums do you work with?

A: I use pretty much everything as my medium. I use alcohol-based, oil-based, and acrylic all together. Whatever you’re not supposed to do, like mix oil and water, that’s the first thing I do. I find that I get a lot more interesting effects with that kind of conflict going on between the materials.

Q: How has your work evolved over the years?

A: Over the years, my style has evolved a lot. My style reverberates, and goes back and forth between lots of things. I paint in many genres, including cowboys, pop art, collage pieces or fond objects. Any excuse to make a painting. I’ll never run out reasons to make paintings. It’s impossible.

Q: What are you working on at the moment?

A: Right now I’m working on different works. There’s a painting of a blue bull, another with the Statue of Liberty, and more with some gunslingers and ballerinas. I have this thing going with cowboys and ballerinas, a contrast that I’m working on.

For more information about Evan Lurie Gallery, visit evanluriegallery.com or call at 844-8400.