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Michael McLaughlin is a sculptor residing in northwestern Connecticut. He received his foundation in classical art while studying at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Upon completing his studies at the Academy, Michael went on to participate in an "old school" style apprenticeship in the studio of sculptor, Juan Andreu. Juan later inspired Michael to travel to Thailand, Korea and Japan to further continue his course of study.
"It is the many faces of nature that engages and provides me a sense of certitude in my life and work. Nature is fluent in the lessons it offers and is an ever-expanding facility that translates new dimensions of expression exponentially. Sometimes these assertions are self-contained while many others are open-ended. For myself, it is an evolution of understanding. There is an old Asian proverb that says, "If you wish to hear the temple bells, listen to the sound of the sea. If you wish to see God, look attentively at creation." My rationale is to reveal and acknowledge a unique expression that will ultimately develop or facilitate deliberate meaningful appraisals."
Exhibitions and Commissions
2010 Group Show, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2009 District Council Exhibition, Armagh, Ireland
2009 Exhibition at Peacock & Beale, Greenwich, CT
2008 Exhibition at the Jeff Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
2008 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2008 Awarded Poet's Park Sculpture Commission, Santa Cruz, CA
2007 LouiseDuffyElementary School Library Commission.
2006 Commissioned by Sol Lewitt and NBMAA to create a 26 ft. mural based on his design
2006 Exhibition at Lascano Gallery, GT Barrington, MA
2006 Exhibition at Fenn Gallery of Contemporary Art
2005 Faculty exhibition at WAA
2005 WaltonRoad Government Building Commission, Port St.Lucie, Florida
2005 Exhibition at the John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT
2004 Solo exhibition at the Brookfield Playhouse Gallery
2004 MAA Exhibition
2003 Devereux School Ornamental Garden Commission.
2003 Exhition at Noble Horizons, Salisbury, CT
2003 “Birds of a different feather" Exhibition at the Norfolk Artisans Guild.
2003 SunLakes Community Foundation Library Commission
2002 Portrait Commission of Keith A Johnson, Marietta, GA
2002 Paris, New York, Kent Gallery Exhibition.
2001 Open Studio Exhibition
2001 Case Enterprise Commission
2000 Gertrude Mathein Portrait Commission
2000 FPL Exhibition
2009 Weiss Sculpture Prize
2008 KAA Sculpture Award
2005 The New Alliance Award.
2004 The Lynge Prize for metal sculpture
2004 New Britain Museum of American Art Jurors Choice Award Ginger McLaughlin (my assistant)
2003 Noble Horizons Representational Sculpture Award