Charcoal and chalk on toned paper
11.5 x 11.5 inches (L x W)
Michael Hlousek-Nagle’s work is firmly rooted in traditional practice. He works mainly in oils, graphite, or charcoal to produce work that explores a space somewhere between sensuality, nostalgia, isolation, and hope. His canvases often feature solitary figures having quiet crises of reflection and regret, or experiencing moments of epiphany, of recognition, or acceptance. They attempt to strike a balance – between acknowledging human losses, imperfections, and regrets, and being open to healing, and the possibility of inner change and transformation. His work explores the grey area between the tangible and the inward, and asks the viewer to contemplate the sad inevitability of external changes, and the hopeful possibility of internal transformation.