"Sawyer" Kite by Michael Thompson

2024
$5,680 USD
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Dimensions
W: 39.0" D: 2.0" H: 52.25"
Materials
Paper
Wood
Bamboo
Fabric
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
CMT242
Estimated Shipping
$588

Based in Chicago, IL, contemporary artist Michael Thompson creates unique kites, collages and mixed media works assembled from material fragments of past and present collected in his travels. His ongoing series of large-scale kites bridge the gap between flat art and sculpture, each crafted of split bamboo frames covered with stretched muslin and a collage of vintage ephemera – including kimonos, obis, paintings, scrolls, drawings, metal leaf, bleeding paper, book pages, or anything with a story to tell.

In this kite entitled “Sawyer,” Thompson aligns scraps of found paper, silk, and painted wood board to play with density and color. He positions each fragment to establish balance and careful asymmetry, treating color and texture like physical forms colliding on his canvas. Keeping to a palette of tan, brown, blue and teal, the lively kite evokes imagery of sandy beaches and crashing waters, such as the dune-lined coasts of the Great Lakes region.

"Sawyer," 2024
Michael Thompson
Split bamboo, canvas, found paper, silk, pigments.

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Michael Thompson

b. 1951

Based in Chicago, IL, contemporary artist Michael Thompson creates unique kites, collages and mixed media works assembled from material fragments of past & present. 

His body of work spans across a range of art forms, from experimental postal art to paper collage to sculptures assembled from scrap metal and ceramic shards.

Regardless of the medium, each of Thompson’s works is layered with fragments of past lives and bygone memories, measured in the form of antique fabric remnants, printed ephemera and other found elements collected during his travels.

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