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Michael Mapes

'American artist Michael Mapes takes a forensic approach to art history. The New Yorker pieces together portraits by Dutch Masters by dissecting photographs of the paintings and collecting their fragments in glass vials, plastic bags and on the end of insect pins.'

Michael Mapes was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky in 1962. He was educated as a graphic designer and later received a Masters degree with an emphasis in studio art. The curator Brian Hannon writes, “Not only are his works interesting studies in their own right, but they further challenge us to question the ways in which scientific information is assimilated into a culture. His unique appropriation of traditional ideas on portraiture and entomology, taxonomy and forensic science convey the inherent tension between a methodical objectivity and an unavoidable psychological subjectivity”. In addition to numerous individual commissions, his recent corporate commissions include multiple works for the newest ships of Holland America and Royal Caribbean cruise lines and The New York Times.


1984 BFA from the University of Illinois
1992 MFA from the University of Illinois

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2017   "62 Collections", Krause Gallery, NYC
2015   "Dutch Glory", NL=US, Rotterdam 
2015   "Anatomy of the Muse", Opera Gallery, Hong Kong
2013    Schoolhouse Gallery, North Salem, NY
2009    Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
2008    FlexSpace, Urbana, IL
2008    Richland College, Decatur, IL

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2019  "Afflatus", 5-50 Gallery, NYC
2019  "Represented Past", Sotheby’s IOA, NYC
2017  “Art in Embassies", The Hague NL
2015  "Realisme", Amsterdam NL
2014  "Revisiting the Golden Age",Pulchri Studio,The Hague NL
2014 "Cut-Copy-Paste", Beers Contemporary, London
2014  Ampelhaus, Berlin
2014  “Face to Face, Wall to Wall”, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
2013  KunstRAI, Amsterdam NL
2013  Victorious, Chelsea NYC
2012  We Find Our Way - Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
2011  Outsiders & Objects - Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
2011  Terrible Twos - Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ


2018  Q|O Amsterdam (hotel), NL 
2018  Proto Magazine (Mass General Hospital)
2016  Royal Caribbean, Harmony of the Seas ship
2016  Holland America Line, Koningsdam ship
2015  New York Times, Sunday Magazine