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michael ononaBiography: Using the image of bodies as the sole focus of large canvases confers a huge amount of power upon the subject; whilst Michael claims no reason for painting them, other than transference of ideas to oils, there are strikingly emotive observations, individual to each canvas. Perhaps this is to convey the attitudes of the artist to the viewer? Michael Onona wants you to look at the picture absolutely at face value, to take it as it is, and appreciate it for the aesthetic. Yet this is nigh impossible - the images are compelling, mysterious, drawing you to the stories behind their existence. As a self taught artist this can be seen as surprising, everything that Onona has learnt has been from experience. The abortive studies in art history have a clear impact on his work, from the vaulted angle of the subjects to the sometimes flattened or geometric composition of the paintings. His models are “read” by him, and have a direct input into the work; their mood being absorbed by Onona as onlooker and contributing to the different feel of each series of paintings. Onona sees each image in his mind and sets out to find the person who can fill that feeling and offer a piece of tangible soul to the piece. It is this connection between his work and the viewer, which Onona revels in, the knowledge that something he has created has touched a nerve in someone, somewhere. Country: uk Birthyear: 1967 Galleries: Candid Arts Gallery, London Loading Bay Gallery , London Claire Grossman Fine Arts, London Art Connoisseur gallery, London markovitch gallery, London Media: oil Style: realistic Subjects: people, portraits and characters
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