by Michael Marrinan
oil on copper
Marrinan was born in London, England in 1966 and has lived on Cape Cod since 1999. Michael an established artist who works on linen, he began working with copper seven years ago. His process of "oils on copper' starts with the aging of the copper with a process that involves both sulphur and organic tomatoes. Once this process is compete he continues with the use of oils to enhance the coppers' inherent patina creating a "one of a kind" piece.
Frames are made of aged recycled wood which compliment the copper and art work reinforcing the unique attributes of all the materials. This combination creates an organic richness unifying the rawness and ethereal ambiance of each piece. To further testify to the process Michael signs the pieces on the wood frame as opposed to the painting itself...the marriage is complete.
"It brings me great satisfaction to know that the completed piece will be taken home and admired as opposed to the individual materials discarded."
Instead of seeing an old door, Michael sees the craftsmanship from an era filled with time, patience, and a wonderful eye for detail.
"I stand on the shoulders of truly gifted artists and am inspired to honor them."
(Photo of Michael by Richard Hopkins)