About Me and my Work


In 1995 while visiting New York City, I became intrigued by the old brick walls of lower Manhattan. Since then I have sought out city walls throughout my travels for a rare quality of abstract pattern and expressionist exuberance.

I came to the Santa Barbara area in 1968 to attend UCSB, and stayed. I attended Instituto Allende in Mexico to study Spanish and art, and studied photography and graphic art at Santa Barbara City College. For twenty years I drew from the figure, studying with Richard Phipps, Linda Ekstrom, Rick Stich, and others. I have had solo painting shows in this area at Stairs Gallery and the Fielding Institute, but other than a few individual pieces, have not shown my photographic work before 2016 when I mounted an exhibition of my photography “Facing, A Wall” in October.

  THE ARTIST READING FROM MICHAEL HANNON'S  FABLES , IN HONOR OF THE WILLIAM T. WILEY/HANNON EXHIBITION AT THE JARED DAWSON GALLERY, JUNE OF 2017

THE ARTIST READING FROM MICHAEL HANNON'S FABLES, IN HONOR OF THE WILLIAM T. WILEY/HANNON EXHIBITION AT THE JARED DAWSON GALLERY, JUNE OF 2017

 

Nearly all of the currently displayed work in this website were taken on a digital SLR, a Canon EOS 30D. The exceptions to this are the images taken right after dawn from my hotel window in a suburb of Taipei, when all of my photography equipment had already been packed. These were taken with an iPhone 6.

All images were minimally processed within Adobe Photoshop, chiefly using the levels tool to set white and black points, and thus increasing contrast and saturation.

Walls are deeply embedded in our psyche (and soma). Architecturally, they have their own life and aging cycles, showing in their faces outlines of their history, and ghostly traces of long-departed generations of buildings. 

“Beauty lies in the inevitability of form”