Earth pigments, organic oils & shell gold
Michelle Gagliano’s paintings are an evocative response to landscape, expressing the transient qualities of nature and the ethereal expanses of sea, land or sky.
Within the surface of each painting, Gagliano applies her own unique medium by grinding raw earth pigments, blending extracted nut oils, and infusing essential lavender solvents. The powerful effect of these combined materials is further intensified through Gagliano’s refined use of gold, which she exploits for its enduring quality and ability to catch light, making her work both veiled and glowing.
Example works & projects
About the Artist
Michelle Gagliano is an American artist working from her studio in central Virginia, US. She was awarded a Master of Fine Arts from the American University in Washington.
Gagliano has exhibited her work in prestigious institutions internationally, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (US) and the American Embassy (Rome, Italy). She has exhibited with established galleries, including the Elisa Gallery (New York, US) and Galleria Grefti (Rome, Italy). She is a recent recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, an award she shares with Cy Twombly. Recognised by discerning collectors internationally, Gagliano’s work is held in private collections throughout the US and Europe.