The concept for Michael Blessing’s “Neon West” and “Lit From Within” series evolved from combining his love of the figure with the nostalgic pull of vintage neon signs. Initially drawn to figurative painting, Michael prefers candid scenes and situations. He began seeking out historical subject matter and vintage neon signs, especially those that were no longer in existence. While contemplating new subject matter one summer afternoon, he was struck with the idea to combine neon with his beloved figures. The end result is a series of larger than life historical characters rendered in a contemporary style. Michael is currently blazing new trails by melding the vibrant color and contrastive light of neon with historic western characters and romantic western figures.
Michael’s work has been featured in Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, Big Sky Journal, Montana Quarterly and Western Art Collector, and his paintings have won Awards of Excellence from both Western Art Collector and Southwest Art Magazines. He is also the recipient of the BOLDBRUSH award for April 2016.