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A.L. With Sweater (SOLD), 12.5" x 8.5"

A.L. With Sweater (SOLD)

12.5" x 8.5"

Mixed Media On Stretched Canvas

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Anxiety, 15" x 10"

Anxiety

15" x 10"

Fabric, Yarn And Thread

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A.M. In 2020, 24.25" x 12"

A.M. In 2020

24.25" x 12"

Mixed Media On Canvas

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Authenticity, 15" x 8"

Authenticity

15" x 8"

Mixed Media On Panel

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Ben With A Knit Cap, 15" x 6.75"

Ben With A Knit Cap

15" x 6.75"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Ben's Ying Or Yang, 9.5" x 6.5"

Ben's Ying Or Yang

9.5" x 6.5"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Bill Via Zoom, 11.5" x 10.5"

Bill Via Zoom

11.5" x 10.5"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Chanda SHC, 24" x 22"

Chanda SHC

24" x 22"

Acrylic And Pompoms On Stretched Canvas

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Derrick 1 SHC, 24.5" x 15.75"

Derrick 1 SHC

24.5" x 15.75"

Acrylic, Fabric, Yarn And Ink On Board

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Derrick 2 SHC (SOLD), 18.5" x 11"

Derrick 2 SHC (SOLD)

18.5" x 11"

Acrylic, Fabric And Ink On Board

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Diaspora, 30" x 14"

Diaspora

30" x 14"

Mixed Media On Panel

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Filling The Gratitude Cup (SOLD), 43.5" x 29"

Filling The Gratitude Cup (SOLD)

43.5" x 29"

Mixed Media

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Live In The Moment (SOLD), 10.5" Diameter

Live In The Moment (SOLD)

10.5" Diameter

Tufted Yarn And Fabric

 

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L.M. Via Zoom, 24.25" x 15"

L.M. Via Zoom

24.25" x 15"

Mixed Media And Collage On Canvas

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L.R. With Stickers, 24.5" x 16.5"

L.R. With Stickers

24.5" x 16.5"

Acrylic, Mixed Media, And Collage On Panel

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Main Character Energy, 20" x 16"

Main Character Energy

20" x 16"

Mixed Media On Stretched Canvas

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Metal Gear (SOLD), 20" x 16"

Metal Gear (SOLD)

20" x 16"

Mixed Media On Stretched Canvas

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No Pepperoni (SOLD), 12" x 9"

No Pepperoni (SOLD)

12" x 9"

Mixed Media On Canvas

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Popcorn Man, 24" x 12" 

Popcorn Man

24" x 12" 

Mixed Media On Canvas

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Prints Black, 20.5" x 12"

Prints Black

20.5" x 12"

Mixed Media On Panel

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Put A Bird On It (SOLD), 14.5" x 10"

Put A Bird On It (SOLD)

14.5" x 10"

Mixed Media On Panel

 

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Raw, 11.5" x 9"

Raw

11.5" x 9"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Salimah, 20" x 16"

Salimah

20" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Self-Improvement (SOLD), 24.5" x 16"

Self-Improvement (SOLD)

24.5" x 16"

Mixed Media On Panel

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Self Portrait With Pfizer Band-aid, 24.5" x 10.5"

Self Portrait With Pfizer Band-aid

24.5" x 10.5"

Acrylic, Ink, Glitter And Collaged Bandage On Canvas

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Self Portrait With Re9al Shirt, 24" x 16"

Self Portrait With Re9al Shirt

24" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Self Portrait 2020 (SOLD), 20" x 16"

Self Portrait 2020 (SOLD)

20" x 16"

Mixed Media On Canvas

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Tameeka, PEC Shelter Resident, 24.5" x 14"

Tameeka, PEC Shelter Resident

24.5" x 14"

Acrylic On Canvas

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The Best Thing Is To Have No Fear (SOLD), 33" x 23"

The Best Thing Is To Have No Fear (SOLD)

33" x 23"

Mixed Media On Primary Tufting Cloth

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The Panic Attack, 44.5" x 31"

The Panic Attack

44.5" x 31"

Mixed Media On Primary Tufting Cloth

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The Perils, 18" x 9"

The Perils

18" x 9"

Mixed Media On Panel

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The Veil (SOLD), 16.5" x 12"

The Veil (SOLD)

16.5" x 12"

Mixed Media On Panel

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Wake Up!, 30" x 51"

Wake Up!

30" x 51"

Mixed Media

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A.L. With Sweater (SOLD), 12.5" x 8.5"

A.L. With Sweater (SOLD)

12.5" x 8.5"

Mixed Media On Stretched Canvas

Anxiety, 15" x 10"

Anxiety

15" x 10"

Fabric, Yarn And Thread

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A.M. In 2020, 24.25" x 12"

A.M. In 2020

24.25" x 12"

Mixed Media On Canvas

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Authenticity, 15" x 8"

Authenticity

15" x 8"

Mixed Media On Panel

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Ben With A Knit Cap, 15" x 6.75"

Ben With A Knit Cap

15" x 6.75"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Ben's Ying Or Yang, 9.5" x 6.5"

Ben's Ying Or Yang

9.5" x 6.5"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Bill Via Zoom, 11.5" x 10.5"

Bill Via Zoom

11.5" x 10.5"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Chanda SHC, 24" x 22"

Chanda SHC

24" x 22"

Acrylic And Pompoms On Stretched Canvas

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Derrick 1 SHC, 24.5" x 15.75"

Derrick 1 SHC

24.5" x 15.75"

Acrylic, Fabric, Yarn And Ink On Board

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Derrick 2 SHC (SOLD), 18.5" x 11"

Derrick 2 SHC (SOLD)

18.5" x 11"

Acrylic, Fabric And Ink On Board

Diaspora, 30" x 14"

Diaspora

30" x 14"

Mixed Media On Panel

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Filling The Gratitude Cup (SOLD), 43.5" x 29"

Filling The Gratitude Cup (SOLD)

43.5" x 29"

Mixed Media

Live In The Moment (SOLD), 10.5" Diameter

Live In The Moment (SOLD)

10.5" Diameter

Tufted Yarn And Fabric

 

L.M. Via Zoom, 24.25" x 15"

L.M. Via Zoom

24.25" x 15"

Mixed Media And Collage On Canvas

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L.R. With Stickers, 24.5" x 16.5"

L.R. With Stickers

24.5" x 16.5"

Acrylic, Mixed Media, And Collage On Panel

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Main Character Energy, 20" x 16"

Main Character Energy

20" x 16"

Mixed Media On Stretched Canvas

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Metal Gear (SOLD), 20" x 16"

Metal Gear (SOLD)

20" x 16"

Mixed Media On Stretched Canvas

No Pepperoni (SOLD), 12" x 9"

No Pepperoni (SOLD)

12" x 9"

Mixed Media On Canvas

Popcorn Man, 24" x 12" 

Popcorn Man

24" x 12" 

Mixed Media On Canvas

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Prints Black, 20.5" x 12"

Prints Black

20.5" x 12"

Mixed Media On Panel

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Put A Bird On It (SOLD), 14.5" x 10"

Put A Bird On It (SOLD)

14.5" x 10"

Mixed Media On Panel

 

Raw, 11.5" x 9"

Raw

11.5" x 9"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Salimah, 20" x 16"

Salimah

20" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Self-Improvement (SOLD), 24.5" x 16"

Self-Improvement (SOLD)

24.5" x 16"

Mixed Media On Panel

Self Portrait With Pfizer Band-aid, 24.5" x 10.5"

Self Portrait With Pfizer Band-aid

24.5" x 10.5"

Acrylic, Ink, Glitter And Collaged Bandage On Canvas

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Self Portrait With Re9al Shirt, 24" x 16"

Self Portrait With Re9al Shirt

24" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Self Portrait 2020 (SOLD), 20" x 16"

Self Portrait 2020 (SOLD)

20" x 16"

Mixed Media On Canvas

Tameeka, PEC Shelter Resident, 24.5" x 14"

Tameeka, PEC Shelter Resident

24.5" x 14"

Acrylic On Canvas

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The Best Thing Is To Have No Fear (SOLD), 33" x 23"

The Best Thing Is To Have No Fear (SOLD)

33" x 23"

Mixed Media On Primary Tufting Cloth

The Panic Attack, 44.5" x 31"

The Panic Attack

44.5" x 31"

Mixed Media On Primary Tufting Cloth

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The Perils, 18" x 9"

The Perils

18" x 9"

Mixed Media On Panel

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The Veil (SOLD), 16.5" x 12"

The Veil (SOLD)

16.5" x 12"

Mixed Media On Panel

Wake Up!, 30" x 51"

Wake Up!

30" x 51"

Mixed Media

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"Preoccupation with the sitter's perception of your painting is not helpful during the act of creating. It's better to be focused on the feeling of the thing, the arrangement of shapes, the colors of pigment... the elements."

- Mickayel Thurin

Popcorn Man (Detail), 24" x 12", Mixed Media On Canvas

Popcorn Man (Detail), 24" x 12", Mixed Media On Canvas

My portraits capture my immediate family, close friends or myself as the subject... all of whom have been painted many times over, as I prefer to paint those I know well. Part of this is because after you know someone well and they know you, you lose some of the niceties. You are both your more authentic selves and that is when you can really get down to business.

 

Preoccupation with the sitter's perception of your painting is not helpful during the act of creating. It's better to be focused on the feeling of the thing, the arrangement of shapes, the colors of pigment... the elements. These paintings are my attempt at doing just that. If they end up capturing some of the sitter's essence or personality, it is because of our familiarity and closeness rather than an effort at flattery. In short, these portraits are about the creation process of each painting, not about the models.

 

This body of work consists mainly of acrylic paint on canvas. However, if a painting calls for it, I do not hesitate to utilize collage, watercolor, ink or other mixed media.

No Pepperoni (Detail), 12" x 9", Mixed Media On Canvas

No Pepperoni (Detail), 12" x 9", Mixed Media On Canvas

Mickayel Thurin is a Haitian American artist born in 1987 in Newport News, VA. Her family moved frequently so she grew up in NY, VA and MI. She eventually landed in Philadelphia, PA to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) where she studied painting.

 

Thurin’s chief influences have consistently been expressive color, pattern and texture. She is interested in artists such as: Soutine, Bonnard, Alice Neel, Willem de Kooning, Mitzi Melnicoff, Lissy Funk and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The majority of her works tend to be colorful, expressive, abstracted portraiture done with mixed media. They often contain embroidery and collage.

 

At PAFA, Thurin studied under the likes of Jan Batzell, Bill Scott, Michael Gallagher and others. She also met her now-husband and fellow painter, Benjamin Passione, who also exhibits at Gross McCleaf. The two reside in Philadelphia where they share an art studio and their son, Maurice, who is often featured in Thurin’s paintings.

 

SP 2020, 20" x 16", Acrylic On Canvas

SP 2020, 20" x 16", Acrylic On Canvas

A.L. With Sweater (Detail)

12.5" x 8.5"

Mixed Media On Canvas

Video

Mickayel Thurin, Self-Portrait Video, 4 minutes

work in progress acrylic painting over the course of 3 sittings