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 roswell museum and art center

present in the Marshall Gallery

May - June 2009



il on canvas, 48" x 48", 2009

2009, oil on canvas over board, 12”x12”

2008, oil and acrylic on canvas over board, 48”x48”


Portrait of a Man and His Dogs
2008, acrylic on canvas over board, 48”x48”

Group Photo
48" x 48", oil on canvas, 2008


Picking Up A Bad Habit
oil on canvas over board, 12"x12", 2009
Resting Under A Rock
oil on canvas over board,12"x12, 2009

Michael Stillion
creates paintings, drawings, and collages that draw from visual sources and memories which have impacted him emotionally and visually throughout his life. His current body of work explores a fascination inspired from his childhood: monsters. Elements of the artworks—expressions, themes, compositions —are often appropriated directly from centuries-old masterworks, an aspect which contributes to a haunting, classical mood expressed in many of the works. Simultaneously, there is a playfulness and humor achieved through witnessing the tragic plights of the forlorn creatures—a feeling of schadenfreude (taking pleasure in the misery of others); a perhaps acceptable fate for these ordinarily child-terrorizing creatures. An amalgamation of Stillion's imagination and experiences, his monsters are a visual blend of both what fascinates and haunts him.
- Caroline Brooks, Assistant Director, RMAC

Michael Stillion received his BFA degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design
and holds an MFA degree from Indiana University. In 2008 he was awarded a full-fellowship
from the Joan Mitchell Foundation to attend the Vermont Studio Center.
Stillion received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council in 2008.

Resting On Cowback
oil on canvas over board, 12"x12", 2009

Happy Mask
oil on canvas over board, 24"x24"
, 2009

The Monster Hour

On the Monster Hour, there was this monster that used to come out and try to kill everybody in the audience. No one expected it, not even the producers who were told by the monster he would play a few blues tunes on the piano. The monster apologized after each show and asked for another chance. I'm planning on telling a few jokes this time he would say. But time after time he'd break his word and try to kill everybody. The producers finally replaced him with a gorilla dressed in people clothes that came out and played a Wurlitzer, but they never changed the name of the show. It was always the Monster Hour. I don't think anybody understood then what a monster really was.

- Zachary Schomburg, "The Man Suit"


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