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Category: On My Artwork

These pieces contain thoughts and reflections on individual paintings that I’ve made. If you are looking for some deeper understanding of my own take on some of my work, where it comes from, or what inspires it, this is a good place to start. Enjoy!

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What It Looked Like From Here: Tiananmen Square, June 5, 1989

By Michael Divine

In 1989, I was 13. In the second grade, we’d done drills in grammar school where we knelt against the wall of the school hallway with our heads between our knees because if an atom bomb fell then that was, apparently, the best position to be in (ha! as if) because the Russians were at […]

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The Bricklayer’s Dream

By Michael Divine

Every painting I make is this months-long meditation on an idea or melody or a feeling. Each moment and movement – every visual motif and swath of color – is a thread that should be relative to the overall storyline. In some paintings, like Only Love Can, the threads lead to the highest most beautiful moment I can feel that has ever been felt (within the boundaries of the vision). The painting becomes this ever rising aria of light and beauty and love and joy and, ultimately, it’s…

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5 Tiny Visions

By Michael Divine

This Saturday, July 7th at the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles is the opening of a show called “Tiny Visions”. Alongside the pieces below are works from Violet Divine (my amazing wife), Martina Hoffmann, Allyson Grey, Radhika Heresy, Dan Cohen and a bunch of others (maybe two dozen other artists?) Small (tiny) paintings like this allow […]

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Commissioned Portrait: “A New Perspective”

By Michael Divine

“A New Perspective” | Acrylic/Canvas | 15″ x 22″ A collector of my work, Eben Pagan, commissioned me to paint a portrait of him in my style. I don’t do a lot of portraiture so I enlisted Violet’s help and we worked together on this painting. She is more adept at creating from real life than I am. In […]

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A Transitive Nightfall of Diamonds

By Michael Divine

See the full painting here: A Transitive Nightfall of Diamonds “Each note is like a whole universe. And each silence…. And the quality of sound and the degree of emotional… It’s like the most important thing in the world. It’s truly cosmic.” – Jerry Garcia in “The Rolling Stone Interviews” Loud fuzzy distorted sustained amplified […]

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The Apotheosis of Hope

By Michael Divine

Hope. It is a silly thing – a frivolous thing. Hope is the breath of a bubble waiting to burst. In the midst of our more confidently brazen facades, we scoff it off as naive – a thing for children’s stories and religious tales when the fairy godmother might come and sweep us away and […]

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When the Smoke Cleared

By Michael Divine

So the past couple of weeks at our little Divine Comedy have been challenging. We moved north of Napa back in December and, after the wettest winter on record, we had the hottest summer on record which led to the worst fires, you guessed it, on record. Our air was thick with smoke and we woke every […]

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Summertime Paintings 2015

By Michael Divine

Years ago I got into a kind of creative flow that went like this: winter was when I worked on large, detailed paintings while summer was for getting out and doing things and events and traveling and the like. I found myself painting and sort of hibernating during many winters because life feels quieter and more […]

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Surrender

By Michael Divine

I was going through all sorts of files, updating web stuff, doing businessy things, cataloging and organizing, as one has to do. Sometimes I’m struck by the fact that there is just so much art I’ve created over many years. And much of it, I think, returns to this painting, Surrender (28″ x 48″), painted […]

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The Dorky Painting

By Michael Divine

The Dorky Painting62″ x 24″2002

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