Friday, May 29, 2009

Painting a Performance

“When I’m painting, it’s like I’m transported to this place. I call it ‘The Zone.’ It’s like Zen. Time stops” MICHAEL ISRAEL

You are standing in a crowd of two thousand people at a splashy hotel ballroom in Times Square.

Glittering lights suddenly fade to black ...

The haunting musical intro builds to a mighty crescendo.

And before you know it, art is transformed into a concert that unfolds before your disbelieving eyes.

Smashing stereotypes of the reclusive, introspective artist, Michael Israel allows audiences to witness the exhilaration of creativity in action. Michael's most intense works often focus on unsung heroes, with each of his paintings telling a passionate story.

You will want to watch this next video in its entirety.


Picasso was once quoted as saying, "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up". Isn't it remarkable how Michael has been able to achieve that, liberating art from the emotionless, stuffy confines of museums and galleries, and moved it into the lives of real people.

As a kid, Michael Israel lived aboard a Miami houseboat with his mother and spent his summers traveling America’s countryside with his father. As an 8-year old he took up Karate, eventually earning Grand National Champion status by the age of 17. Combining his love of painting, music and martial arts, Michael pioneered his own, unique style -- a performance/painting approach perhaps best described as “Art In Concert.”

What about you?

Is there an artist, yearning to perform?

A concert within your business or career waiting to be created?

"My mother said to me, "If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope." Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso"

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