Port Townsend, Washington, USA
Everything and Everyone Connected - Imaginary landscapes and abstractions with watercolor and India ink.
In my paintings, everything flows together. Colors, lines and shapes - people places and things are woven into one harmonious, functional system. I want to subtly remind viewers that we humans, in all our diversity, are essentially interconnected, and with thoughtfulness, can function together harmoniously as well.
On the surface, my paintings are simply places I’d love to visit. Mysterious, primarily benevolent, colorful worlds where everything “works”. On a deeper level, they are an exploration of what Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh has called ‘Interbeing’. “If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either.” - TNH.
When I work, I turn on some music, sit down with a blank sheet of paper and choose whether to begin with black ink, watercolor paint, or recently masking tape. I work quickly. I leave my thinking mind out of it. (Sometimes I need to push my thinking mind out of the driver's seat!) I rely on improvisation and a stream of consciousness approach to let my life's experiences bubble up and flow into my work. Anything I've seen or experienced through the years may come forward. However it comes is fine with me; I relish the surprise. After each layer of paint, ink or masking tape, I stand back. I watch. I wait. Sometimes I wait days, weeks, or even years to add another layer. This process of painting and contemplation is always happening in my studio with many different pieces in many stages of completion.
I’ve developed a life Mission which guides my life and my artistic path: I create a world of justice and unity by generously sharing my visions of Oneness. (Check out mkp.org for info about the origins of my mission.)
Mike Biskup is a contemporary watercolor painter of imaginary landscapes and abstractions. Born in 1970 in Los Angeles and currently living in Port Townsend, WA. Mike comes from a family historically rich in artists, poets, and dreamers. As early as he can remember, he was voraciously drawing oddball cars, cityscapes, robots, and people with his two older brothers, Steve and Tim. Throughout his early years, his love of drawing grew like wildfire.
In 1993 he completed a bachelor of fine art at The University of California at Santa Cruz, studying with an eclectic mix of accomplished, senior artists including Jack Zajac, Hardy Hanson, and Patrick Ahearne. A decidedly rich stream of Zen inspiration was flowing on that mountain at that time and Mike feels lucky to have swam in it. In fact, soon after graduating, Mike spent a week with Buddhist Teacher Thich Naht Hanh and the impact of what he experienced there has inspired his life and work ever since.
His paintings can be found in the collection of Oscar winning actress Patricia Arquette and many others around the world. Originals and prints can be found on this website and in galleries in Port Townsend and Bainbridge Island Washington and via Saatchi Art at saatchiart.com.
Mike serves on the board and faculty of Port Townsend School of the Arts.
(You'll find a BRIEF Bio/Statement below...)
The Art Project (Formerly Bainbridge Arts and Crafts) Bainbridge Island, WA. A (beautiful) 30 min ferry from Seattle. www.bacart.org
Port Townsend Gallery: 715 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA.
Northwind Arts Center: 708 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA.
Saatchi Art Online Gallery:
Originals and Limited Edition Archival Prints.
My own online gallery is here...
Originals, Prints, Books, Cards, etc.
C/V and Schedule - Selected Exhibitions/Performances/Publications:
2018 - Jazz Combo II at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) A month long pop up exhibition.
2018 - Fort Wonder Solo Exhibition - Taps at the Guardhouse, Fort Worden, Port Townsend, WA July/Aug
2018 - The Watercolour Ideas Book - pg. 64 Ilex Press.
2018 - The Other Art Fair Lost Angeles presented by SaatchiArt. March
2018 - Bellevue Art Museum Art Fair
2017 - Thanks For Sharing, The Art of Instant Global Inspiration. 19 Artists from 10 countries curated by myself. Port Townsend, WA Info here...
2017 - "Translucence" Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. Bainbridge Island, WA. July.
2017 - Professional Artist Magazine, Featured June/July Issue
2016 - A Group Thing, Juried Group Exhibition at Thomas Young Gallery in Boston, MA. (December)
2016 - "Windfalls" Solo Exhibition at Flatcolor Gallery, Seattle (August)
2016 - Featured Artist at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, WA (June)
2016 - Featured Artist in Amadeus Magazine Issue #08 - http://amadeusmag.com
2015 - Big Butter "A Step Felt In Full" Joint Art and Music Exhibition with Tim Biskup at Slow Culture Gallery, Los Angeles.
2015 - Artist in Residence, The Ace Hotel, Palm Springs, CA (February)
2014 - Site Specific Mural Exhibition, 4’ X 36’ Mural, Better Living Through Coffee, Port Townsend, WA.
2012 - Site Specific Performance, Big Butter, Martha Otero Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.
2009 - "Playground" with Woody Dennis, Lee Katzenbach, Jesse Joshua Watson, and Jason Gould. Northwinds art Center, Port Townsend, WA.
2007 - Port Townsend Film Festival Poster Artist
1986 - Present - Collaborative project with Tim Biskup. Big Butter, The Experimental Music, Art, and Performance Duo of Mike and Tim Biskup. Music and Art releases and performances.
1993 - BFA, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA
Board member Port Townsend School of the Arts. PTARTS.ORG
Mike Biskup - Everything and Everyone Connected - Imaginary landscapes and abstractions with watercolor and India ink.
Mike Biskup is a contemporary watercolor painter of imaginary landscapes and abstractions. Born in 1970 in Los Angeles CA and living now in the Pacific Northwest, Mike comes from a family historically rich in artists, poets, and dreamers. In his paintings, everything flows together. Colors, lines and shapes - people, places, and things are woven into one harmonious, functional system. He wants to subtly remind viewers that we humans, in all our diversity, are essentially interconnected, and with thoughtfulness, can function together harmoniously as well.
His work can be found in the collection of Oscar winning actress Patricia Arquette and many others, galleries in Port Townsend and Bainbridge Island, WA and exhibitions around the U.S. Mike currently lives and works in Port Townsend, WA with his lovely wife Laura, some occasional grown children and their fluffy pup Ruben.
A few family photos...
Me, Emily, Eli, Avery, Laura.
Tim and I - Big Butter (Photo: Devin Sarno)
Painting on Water St in Port Townsend, WA.
My Studio before Windfalls solo show at Flatcolor Gallery, Seattle, WA.
My Studio in my front yard. Port Townsend, WA.
At Chetzemoka Park. Port Townsend, WA.
Self Portrait (Spindlefoot)
Thanks for stopping by and having a look! Contact me for any reason and I'm happy to chat.