Stella Michaels

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Stella Michaels
EducationNew York University, New York, New York
Known forPainting
MovementAbstract Expressionism

Stella Michaels is an American painter[1] and musician, born and raised in New York City who is also a curator at Stray Kat Gallery in New York with principal partners Zane Fix and Kat Dahl.


Stella Michaels earned her BFA at New York University. She became a pioneer of the “Rolling Thunder” Art gallery, selling her works from Mobile Pop Up Trucks [2] with paintings of all sizes fastidiously displayed both inside and outside.

Her primary medium is enamel, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, wood and vinyl records. Ms. Michaels is known for her wide array of application techniques, ranging from brightly colored, slick, pop graphics to highly textured "ambient" abstracts, combining paper appliqué with thick layers of paint. Her work has often been described as unique combinations of classic early and mid 20th century groundbreaking Impressionist and Abstract Expressionist painters.[3]

Her 2012 exhibit, entitled, “The Road Less Traveled”, moved her into the spotlight as Stray Kat Gallery’s featured artist[5] [4] in their highly visible, cavernous space in the Chelsea gallery district in New York City. Subsequently, she became a principal partner, as well as a featured artist at Stray Kat Gallery,[5] since 2013.[6] She has headlined many shows over the years, with various themes and titles, such as "Pinups, Parasols, and Pianos", "East Meets West, a Rising Sun",[7][8] and "House of Pop and Soul".[9]

In April, 2015, Stella's painting, "Houses of the Holy VI" was selected by Saatchi curator Rebecca Wilson in her top 10 choices for works for the Saatchi Art "Big and Bold" collection.[10] Her most recent international exhibit, entitled "7", opened March 19, 2016 at Abbozzo Gallery [11][12][13] in Toronto, Ontario.

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  1. ^ "Notes on Contemporary Painter Stella Michaels - STELLA MICHAELS". Archived from the original on 2016-04-02. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  2. ^ "Charlie Finch on "When a Good Painter Goes Bad"". 2005-07-14. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  3. ^ "NEW YORK'S MOST HAPPENING ARTIST! MEET STELLA! | Ask a New Yorker - A Cultural Influence". Ask a New Yorker. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  4. ^ "Gripping through the Paint « the Crosby Venture". Archived from the original on 2016-05-07. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  5. ^ "Zane Fix and Stella Michaels' High Line Balancing Act - Page". Interview Magazine. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  6. ^ "Featured Artists". Stray Kat Gallery. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  7. ^ "Stray Kat Gallery Celebrates Grand Opening - New York Calendar | Guest of a Guest".
  8. ^ STRAY KAT - Stella Michaels, Zane Fix. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-08.
  9. ^ "Stray Kat Gallery presents..... - Meatpacking District .com". Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  10. ^ "Big & Bold: Statement Pieces for $5000 and more Collection". Saatchi Art. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  11. ^ "Abbozzo Gallery – Contemporary Art". 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  12. ^ " - artshowstoronto Resources and Information".
  13. ^ [permanent dead link]

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