Original Fine Art
Original Fine Art
A Colorado Resort art collection has 125+ pieces of original artwork that includes the artwork of Colorado artist, Michael Gault. During the building of The Arrabelle at Vail Square resort Michael Gault was approached by the resort designer, Beth Slifer of Slifer Designs to supply a large number or original oil paintings featuring Colorado and the Colorado landscape art to be permanently exhibited in the resort. Michael ended up providing over 125 oil paintings of various sizes that were utilized in the suites as well as the common areas of the hotel.
In 1984 Michael was selected to show his art by the Missouri Historical Society as a Natural Resource of Missouri. Michael's work was presented to the Society and was exhibited along with the works by Thomas Hart Benton and Mark Twain was exhibited in the Missouri State Capital rotunda, in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Michael received his MA from UMKC under the direction of Eric Bransby, a renowned muralist who had studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, with Thomas Hart Benton and then at the Broadmoor Art Academy, now the Bemis School of Art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College with Boardman Robinson and Jean Charlot.
Around the year 2000, Michael and Bransby reconnected, when Michael moved to Colorado and the two were involved in various art groups in the Colorado Springs area promoting contemporary art.
In 1976 Michael Gault's contemporary art painting, Reflections Within a Studio's Interior Depicting Light and Space on a Flat Surface, was juried into the Nelson Gallery - Atkins Museum show in Kansas City, MO. The show is open to artist's within a 30 mile radius of the gallery and is sponsored by the Sustaining Members of the Junior League of Kansas City, MO Inc. Sixty eight original artworks were selected for inclusion in the annual event.
Michael Gault received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. During his time in that institution he studied under Wilbur Niewald (who was a student of Thomas Hart Benton at that same college. Niewald was a revered plein air artist of landscape art who empowered Michael to begin his plein air journey during his junior year at KCAI. Stanley Lewis, a graduate of Wesleyan University and a student of John Frazer, was Michael's senior instructor and mentor who encouraged Michael to go big and experiment with doing larger contemporary art paintings. Both Wilber and Stan impacted Michael's creative education and empowered him to become the fine artist and not just an artist.