Delbert Michel describes his work as "lyrical and colorful abstractions." He tends to work in series and finds inspiration in a variety of places. Besides his abstract paintings, he also makes mixed media assemblage paintings and has several site-specific commissions.
Michel received his BA from DePauw and his MFA from the University of Iowa. He also studied at the Slade School of Art in London and has traveled from Macchu Picchu to Yugoslavia. He was a professor of Art at Hope College from 1964 until he retired in 2003. He's also been a visiting artist/teacher in Mexico and England.
Michel, who now lives in Traverse City, Mich., has exhibited around the world, both in group and individual shows. His work is in permanent collections at Hope College, the Herman Miller Corporate Collection, the Hyatt Regency Corporate Collection and many more.
Jack Ridl, a fellow artist and professor emeritus at Hope, says, "Delbert and his art know no time. They live and enlighten oustide time, take you into a remnant of the world's benevolent energy, its mystery of landscape, its exhilaration of texture and shape, and his own celebration of the compatibility of differences."
Learn more about abstract art from Del Michel (pronounced "Michael") in this video: