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Lon Michels

Freedom, 2005.
Icarus and Daedalus, 2017.
Playa's Sunrise, 2017.
Playa's Sunset, 2017.
Cuenca Flower Market, 2017.
Bano's Ecuador, 2017.
Iglesia Ballenita, 2017.
Cuenca Cathedral, 2017.
Lighthouse Ballenita, 2017.
Iglesia Playa, 2017.
Casa Bamboo, 2017.
Quito Angel, 2017.
Amelia Peleaz, 2015.
Princess, 2015.
Sunday Morning
Birth and Death, 2007.

Lon Michels creates paintings that pulsate with detail. His subjects vary from still-life, landscape and portraiture and are guided by visionary-like perceptions. Vivid colors and layers of innovative patterning form rhythms and energized fields. Like Pointillist Georges Seurat, Michels aspires to paint at a near molecular level.


Michels grew up in Marquette, Wisconsin. After earning his BFA from Ripon College, he moved to New York City and became the studio assistant for sculptor Louise Nevelson for five years. Lon received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was nominated for a Joan Mitchell grant in 2007. He currently resides in Lodi, WI with his husband Todd and their dog Bazzy.


Review, Shepherd Express, Kat Kneevers

Review, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mary Louise Schumacher

Article, Upscale Living Magazine

Article, Madison Magazine

Article, Capital Newspapers


2017    Husband & Husband, Portrait Society Gallery,                                     Milwaukee, WI

2015    Dinner at My Place, Gallery One Rancho Mirage, Palm                   Springs, CA

2013    Painted Fashions by Lon Michels, Copely's, Palm                                 Springs, CA

2012    Lon Michels & Flowers by Livija, Overture Center,                               Madison, WI

2012    Our Gardens Inside and Out, Charles Allis Museum,                         Milwaukee, WI

2007    Lon Michels Solo Retrospective, Ripon College, Ripon,                     WI

2002    Romance, The Wave Gallery, Key West, FL (solo)

2001    Objects of Passion and Desire, Vermont Supreme Court,                 Montpellier, VT (solo)


Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

Circus World Museum, Baraboo, WI

West Point Town Hall, West Point, WI

Key West Customs House Art Museum, Key West, FL

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