Michelle Bird has exhibited her art in Europe and in the United States; including the Borgarfjardar and Agricultural Museum in Iceland, Galerie Cècile Charron in Paris, and Galleria del Arte Ill Milennio in Venice, in Switzerland at the Gallery Knoerle Baetig Fine Art,  Galerie Mainau, Zurcher Kantonal Bank and AXA Winterthur.  In 2016 & 2017 she received Cultural Grants from the Uppbyggingarsjóðs Vesturlands in Iceland.  In 2012 she completed a fellowship at the Baer Art Center and participated in the Artist in residence program at the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists center SIM.  In 2003 she won the portrait prize at the Contemporary Arts Center in Sacramento in California. In the Netherlands she apprenticed with the painter poet Anton Martineu, attended the Rietveld academy, and in India at the Honey Arts Modelling center she apprenticed in the "lost wax method" bronze casting technique.

Switzerland's Kanton Schule Zürich has invited her to host more than a dozen demonstrations for their program A Wie Atelier.  She has given group workshops in experimental and blind painting to the engineers at Google Zürich, GIS-Zentrum Baudirektion Kanton Zürich and to the Integrative Psychiatric clinic in Winterthur.  In Iceland she has taught art for the Ungmennasamband Borgarfjarðar Borgarnes and in Italy she taught workshops for adults with disabilities for the Comune di Torino.  In San Francisco she lectured at San Francisco's Academy of Art University on drawing from memory techniques.

In Iceland she established the platform Fluxus Design Tribe and she produced the film Pourqois Pas Borgarnes. In addition she is the founder and producer of MAP Magazine Artist Professionals and the Open Doors Event and Outside Inside platforms for artists working in Winterthur Switzerland.  She has gained Dutch and international attention with her illustrations in the book 'Closed Curtains Lives of de Wallen'.  Other illustrations of hers have been published by the Dutch & Belgium publication 'Joie de Vivre'.

Bird's work is represented in private and corporate collections in the United States, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands.

 

Hot lava pours into the sea, volcanic glass fragments mix with black sand beaches - as a young child Michelle Bird stood at the edge of strong cultural tides, inheriting her Chinese artist father's classical eye and her Western mother's courage with bold architectural form. Described as "tactile and erotic," abstract expressionist Bird's paintings radiate the fusion of cultures and colors. Michelle Bird came early to her love of color as she leaned barefoot into the ocean wind hunting the last subtle green flash in her Hawaiian sunset. When her family moved to California she added the texture of old growth Redwood forests, San Francisco fogs, plump grape vines and desert silt. Her paintings reflect a wide palette of almost Baroque colors. "I paint fervently for long intervals," says the artist, "as if I were walking blindfolded through nature, feeling the color with my skin."

Text Kristin Shannon


 " Beautiful paintings , Michelle ! Such energy and life ... Just like you."

Michel Reilhac Director Arte France


 " Opera personale di forte fisicità. Tratto rapido e sicuro. Il tema è trattato con equilibrio che denota cultura e sensibilità artistica, nonché talento espressivo. Erotismo esplicito nelle forme piene e turgide..."

-Nicola Eremita Curato Galleria d’arte Ill Milennio Venice


Bird’s palette is as colorful as her paintings and her abstract works are full of vitality. Her figurative work expresses transcendental and enigmatic themes. Wherever she and her art are found, there is sure to be a high degree of zest for life.
— A description by the former curator of the Kunstmuseum Basel Erwin Treu
Ihre Kunst zeichnet sich vor allem dadurch aus, das trotz der Farbenfülle, der scheinbar wahllosen Anordnung und Überschneidungen der Farbstränge jede Farbe für sich alleine eine homogene Einheit bildet. Der Ausdruck ihres Werkes ist lebendig, opulent und versprüht volle Lebensfreude. Michelle Bird setz sich intensiv mit der Natur, ihren schöpferischen Kräfter und der grenzenlosen Vielfalt auseinander.
— Holger Leverentz curator Kunst und Museum AXA Winterthur




PRIZES 04-2018 Cultural Grant Uppbyggingarsjóðs Vesturlands, Iceland, Stand up for Art and the BFF Film Festival. 04-2017 Cultural Grant Uppbyggingarsjóðs Vesturlands, Iceland 01-2017 Third Prize, Ljósmyndasamkeppni Borgarfjordur Museum, Borgarness, Iceland 06-2016 Karolina Funds Recipient, Iceland 04-2016 Cultural Grant Uppbyggingarsjóðs Vesturlands, Iceland 05-2003 Winner of Nationally Juried Exhibition, CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER SACRAMENTO USA Group Exhibition: Portraits of My Mother Things Left Unsaid

ART RESIDENCIES 2016-04 Recipient Alternate Status The Bogliasco Foundation, Italy 2012-12 SIM Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavík, Iceland 2012-06 Baer Art Center, Hofsos, Iceland 2012-06 Recipient Hafnarfjörður Museum, Iceland 2012

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 04-2017 Gallery Knoerle Baettig Contemporary Fine Art, Winterthur, Switzerland 04-2016 Doxa Design Lab, Tampa, Florida, USA 03-2016 Borgarfjordur Museum, Borgarness, Iceland 02-2016 Open Studio, Torre Pellice, Italy 01-2015 Borgarfjordur Museum, Borgarness, Iceland 03-2012 Zürcher Kantonalbank, Winterthur, Switzerland 05-2011 Galerie Thomas Bäni, Winterthur, Switzerland 03-2011 Galerie Cécile Charron, Village Suisse, Paris, France 03-2010 Hotel Eden, Arosa, Switzerland - Objects of Desire 10-2009 AXA Oerlikon Investment, Winterthur, Switzerland 03-2009 AXA Winterthur, General Guisanstrasse, Switzerland 11-2003 Art & Fashion Gallery, KWF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Nothing Butt 03-2003 Depot Gallery, Mill Valley, USA - Allegoric portraits in oil 01-2001 Gallery Sijben en Vriend, Amsterdam The Netherlands

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 07-2017 Sumarlist Museum For Agriculture, Hvanneyri Iceland 02-2017 InGenio Arte Contemporanea, Turin Italy 01-2017 Borgarfjordur Museum, Borgarness, Iceland 11-2016 Stedje Brewery, Iceland 01-2015 Listasalur Mossfelsbaer, Fluxus Design Tribe, Iceland 12-2013 SIM, Aðventusýningin, Reykjavík, Iceland 11-2013 Dagur Myndlistar 2, Reykjavík, Iceland 09-2013 Open Doors Event, Winterthur, Switzerland 08-2013 Arion Banki Menningarnótt í Reykjavík, Iceland 05-2013 Eullachhalle, Winterthur, Switzerland 04-2013 Schloss Mörsburg Winterthur, Switzerland - M13 - Kunst um Schloss 09-2012 Kulturschiene, Herliberg, Switzerland - Mother & Daughter Duo 06-2012 Baer Art Center, Hofsos, Iceland 05-2012 X-treme Lab, Antwerp, Belgium 03-2012 ARTseefeld Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland 12-2011 Oxyd Kunstraume, Winterthur, Switzerland 06-2011 AXA Winterthur, Paulstrasse Winterthur, Switzerland 09-2011 Open Doors Event, Winterthur, Switzerland 05-2011 Villa Mainau 34, Zürich, Switzerland 01-2010 Utopia, Outside-Inside, Altestadthaus, Winterthur, Switzerland 09-2010 Open Doors Event, Switzerland 08-2010 Orangerie, Switzerland - Sexibition Inhale Exhale 05-2010 International Artists , Outside Inside, AWC Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland 03-2010 International Women’s Day Exhibition, AWC Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland 05-2009 Eullachhalle, Winterthur, Switzerland 01-2010 Heimat, Outside-Inside, Altestadthaus, Winterthur, Switzerland 12-2009 Preview Kunsthalle Frauenfeld, Frauenfeld, Switzerland 10-2009 La Galerie Artmonti, Ile St-Louis, Paris, France 09-2009 Open Doors Event, Winterthur, Switzerland 02-2009 Innsbrucks Annual Contemporary Art Exhibition, Austria 01-2009 Le Club Orangerie, Rozenthal, Switzerland 09-2008 Open Doors Event, Winterthur, Switzerland 06-2008 Gallery Birds Eye View, Switzerland 04-2008 Mainau 34, Zürich, Switzerland - Mother and Daughter 01-2008 Galleria del Arte Ill Milennio, ART & EROS, Venice, Italy 12-2006 Gallery Birds Eye View, Switzerland 06-2006 Gallery Birds Eye View, Switzerland 05-2005 Art & Curiosities Auction KWF Vught, The Netherlands 04-2005 Hotel Eden, Objects of Desire, Arosa, Switzerland 07-2004 Gallery Walls, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 06-2004 The Paint Factory, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 05-2004 Art & Curiosities Auction KWF Vught, The Netherlands 06-2003 Cafe Get Down, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Mural 03-2003 Galery De Pomp, Warmond, The Netherlands 12-2002 ABC Treehouse Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 05-2002 Gallery Retort, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - India day & night 06-2001 Cafe Harlemmer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 04-2000 The Jolly Joker, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Mural


Ein Feuerwerk von Farben, opulent und voller Energie. Für die Künstlerin Michelle Bird, die seit einigen Jahren in Winterthur lebt und arbeitet, istihr Bild Ausdruck und Ergebnis von spontanen Gefühlsregungen. „pink water“ lädt dazu ein, die eigene Fantasie und eigenen Bilder und Träume darin zuentdecken. Bleibt man am Titel hängen und sieht eine schillerndeWasserfläche mit Blütenblättern, Holzstücken, Sonnenreflektionen Odertaucht die Erinnerung an eine sommerliche Blumenwiese auf? Oder anKerzenlicht, das sich in bunten Weihnachtskugeln spiegelt? Allzu Konkretesmag den Horizont begrenzen. Lebensfreude, Licht und Wärme öffnen ihn.
— Colette Gradwohl Chief Editor of Der Landbote
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