Michael Grine

Michael Grine

Nashville, TN, United States

About Michael Grine

Curiosity. Emotion. Experimentation. Exploration. Leap of faith. Pursuit of knowledge. These words only begin to describe what my art signifies or represents. I was born an artist and have always identified myself as an artist. I possess an insatiable creative drive to make art out of the images I see in my mind. To help satisfy this impulse, I am always exploring new places and trying new things.

Having freedom of expression and not being limited to one style or technique of making art are paramount to my identity as an artist. I love the many different processes of making art and experimenting with new ways of creating art. My inspiration stems from color, music, literature, and the excitement about the unknown possibilities of taking everyday objects and using them in a way that differs from what the manufacturer intended. I use a combination of found objects, acrylic paints, and aerosol paints to create abstract patterns on wood and canvas. Some of my methods include combining different chemicals and paint on paper or in plastic or wood box frames and using centrifugal force and gravity to distort vivid colors that are mixed or thrown right on the canvas. The result is the distortion of lines and contours, and layers of translucent or opaque paints on the canvas or in random patterns.


Mercyhurst University, Bachelors of Arts Degree in Fine Arts 1991


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Cognizant, 100 Taylor Arts Collective, Nashville, TN
2018 Heft, 100 Taylor Arts Collective, Nashville, TN
2017 Free Radicals, The Closet Gallery, Nashville, TN
2016 Limbic, Channel To Channel Gallery, Nashville, TN
2014 Liquid, 40AU Gallery, The Arcade #44, Nashville, TN
2014 Gleam, An Illuminated Art Show, Main Street Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 Adhesion, Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2013 Lust, Featured Artist, Nero’s, Green Hills, TN
2012 THIS!, Main Street Gallery, Nashville, TN
2012 HALT!, Picture This Gallery, The Arcade #44, Nashville, TN
2011 Ebb, Fifty Forward, Donelson Station, Nashville, TN
2010 Flagrant! Octane Gallery, Nashville, TN

Selected Art Fairs
2020 ART3F Paris Expo, January 31 - February 2, Paris, France
2019 Pavi Art Talent, 23 - 24 November 2019 Pavia, Italy


Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Small Work Show 2018, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Semiotics: Rhetoric of an Artwork, Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017 The Healing Power of Art, Liquid Art House, Brenda Taylor Gallery, Boston, MA
2017 4x4 Artist Grid October, bG Gallery, Santa Monica CA
2017 Priority Mail Art Summer Biennial, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Spring Fever Invitational Show, Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2016 The Big Draw, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY
2015 Lyricism, Corvidae Collective Gallery, Nashville, TN
2015 National Juried Exhibition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Untitled’s Final Show! UNDONE, 506 Events Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 YOUnite Tour Global Art Movement Exhibition, The Viridian, Nashville, TN
2013 Black n’ White Group Show, Octane Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art, Group Show, New York, NY
2012 NSPCC Auction at the The Merchant, Belfast, UK
2012 Untitled’s Fall Show, Full Tilt, Corsair Artisan, Nashville, TN
2012 First Friday, Franklin, TN Art Crawl, Damico Art Gallery, Franklin, TN
2012 Untitled’s Summer Show, Hot Mess, at Welcome To 1979!, Nashville, TN
2012 The Dead Don’t Count, The Front, Nashville, TN
2011 Untitled’s Winter Show, Antifreeze, Nashville, TN
2011 Art at the Ivory, The Ivory Belfast, Belfast, UK
2011 Blue Moves Deep Blue, Darkhorse Theater, Nashville, TN
2011 Junk or Genius Exhibition, Gallore Gallery, Middletown, CT
2011 Subject to Change, Untitled Spring Show, Nashville, TN
2011 Skulls Art Show, Octane Gallery, Nashville, TN
2010 Xmas Xhibition at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, UK
2010 Dia De Los Muertos, Octane Gallery, Nashville, TN
2010 Mix Box at The Black Box, Belfast, UK
2010 Plowhaus Day of the Dead, Talula Gallery, Nashville, TN
2010 Art Prize, Purple East, Grand Rapids, MI
2010 Sorry I Arted, Untitled’s Summer Show, Nashville, TN

“...Most of Grine’s paintings in acrylic on wood panel or canvas are intimate in size and possessed of an almost primitive-seeming purity of intention akin to homespun American abstract pioneers like Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O’Keeffe... At this late date in post modern art history, these qualities imbue his paintings with a refreshing sense of integrity. Since no two of his compositions resemble one another, one could never accuse Grine of cultivating a logo-like “signature style,” for the art market. Rather, he embarks on each painting as though inventing abstract art all over again with each new composition... Always a little offbeat, Michael R. Grine’s paintings exemplify the freewheeling essence of the New Abstraction.” - excerpt from - Byron Coleman - Gallery & Studio Magazine - Jun/Jul/Aug 2013 - Vol. 15 No. 5

Nashville Arts Magazine, Spotlight, Page 17, May 2012
Byron Coleman: “The Postmodern Abstraction of Michael R. Grine”, Gallery & Studio Magazine, Jun/Jul/Aug 2013, Vol. 15 No. 5

Black Cat 2013 16”x20” acrylic on canvas
Pink Rose 2012 12”x12” acrylic on canvas
Maiden Wax 2012 9.25”x12” acrylic on wood
Double U 2011 24”x36” acrylic on canvas
Struck 2011 24”x48” acrylic on canvas

Works held in private collections in Boston, MA, Buffalo, NY, Irvine, CA, Jersey City, NJ, Long Island, NY, New York, NY, Nashville, TN, Washington, DC, Doha, Qatar, Carignan-de-Bordeaux, France, Coarraze, France and London, UK.