In Griesgraber's hard-edge geometric paintings he saturates hues that contest with one another for visual prominence resulting in dynamic configurations that perpetually realign.
Calling upon the variable perception of a color in relation to others he orchestrates ever-shifting groupings and spatial readings with any component having the capacity to advance or recede. These vibrant works are paired with thoughts on color in this one-of-a-kind book.
The title Colors Square Routes references the format for the paintings. Starting with the canvas shape squares and cubes are used throughout as a motif and as overt or implicit structural elements. In addition to the lines of 90° angles Griesgraber derives diagonals and with this restricted repertoire achieves seemingly endless permutations pushing patterns to the limit with the adept application of vibrant color.
Michael Griesgraber was born in St. Paul Minnesota. Aside from his art his career included stints as a Navy photographer a graphic designer at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis a BBDO ad agency account exec and an advertising and marketing director for some of the world's most decorated tech companies.
Michael's parodies are only one aspect of his work. Now a full-time artist living in Las Vegas Nevada Griesgraber and his original paintings have come to the attention of art collectors critics and curators including Lauren Hickson of New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Beth Saunders Curatorial Assistant. His work is on display in Las Vegas and in over one hundred private collections in the US Canada and England.
"Michael Griesgraber of Las Vegas Nevada is a contemporary colorist. His acrylic paintings definitely pack a punch that is unforgettable. "Cracked" is one of those wonderful upbeat works with the polychromatic palette with geometric abstraction formation. The near symmetrical yet asymmetrical arrangement in "No Direction Home" is rich in color and direction and too works very well in a square format. And "Over vs Under" somewhat unsettling in direction yet intriguing in concept and awesome in color tonality. Yet with a more controlled orchestration "Receding Square" is quite nice in terms of the color as well as the sense of the implied three-dimensionality."-Laurence Bradshaw PhD University of Nebraska Upstream People Gallery Curator