I paint stories of the human experience. The soul of life demonstrated in depictions of figures interacting within a realm of time, a realm of realities, and with one another. I paint that that is seen and unseen. I depict beauty that exists often after tragedy. I express the plane of existence pictorially divided, fragmented, as the energy and emotion around each being and happening. Often this movement is abstract and often it is literal. I create images from inside myself. I carry them and grow them within me until I create. Most of my paintings are of women and their realities as they relate to the greater human experience. I have worked in oils since my early life and prefer my expressions to be shared in their radiance applied using master techniques.
The cause for which I create is my acute foresight and sense of the interconnectedness of all elements of all time. What is seen and not seen. Known and not known. Contemporaneous, interacting and incessantly influencing one another in a continuum of the past, present, and future. The entirety exists concurrently.
I render the human relationship with eternity. I convey the human experience; acts, thoughts, sentiments and situation layered upon all those of the past. Conveying that the human existence as we experience it is bound to the continuum of time.
My vision is the complex language of layering multiple levels of imagery representational of the complicated content of a consequence, condition, moment, notion or incident. The dialogue I consign contains all elements past and present, their atmosphere and the energy of all elements collective interacting with one another. My work foreshadows the continuum of the condition.
I paint to deliver a vision that others have not seen. I work to share what the human eye alone is incapable of seeing. Just as it takes a microscope to see microorganisms or a telescope to see the universe beyond Earth, my understanding offers as a lens or instrument that can illustrate the entirety of a situation.
I have so much work to do, limitless objects and images to accomplish. I maintain the innumerable within myself as they are laid out before me resembling a reel of film. I engage, evolve and cultivate these works until the moment does arise that I produce them. I recognize the progression in color, form, material, and shape. They are transformed in the days I draft them in my mind. The works are perfected, in composition, color and narrative.
Current events are capable of influencing and altering the works. Present affairs impact the images but frequently their purpose is so interwoven with the past that they often forecast occurrences before they transpire. My works and their implications are everlasting.
The Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA(BFA) 1991
Parsons School of Design, Paris, France 1988
California State University, Los Angeles (BA) Pre-Law/Political Science 1994
Glendale College, Women's History 1996
Michele Utley Voigt rose to artistic acclaim in early childhood. Her professional painting instruction commenced at the age of five. She competed in numerous jurroried shows and exhibitions winning countless awards and national recognition. Voigt placed ahead of peers whom were collegiate or professional artists. In her youth, Voigt came under the mentorship of many renowned artist organizations. The Oklahoma Arts Institute provided a channel that allowed Voigt to work with international artists.
Endowed with Howard Kanovitz as a mentor, teacher and friend, Voigt came to know iconic American artists such as Larry Rivers. Kanovitz dubbed “the grandfather of photorealism” received Voigt into his fellows including the notorious East 13th Street Band made up of art notables. By her teens, Voigt had recruiters from art institutes and universities coming to meet her in her high school studio. She received art scholarships to every major art institute in the United States and many universities. Michele attended the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design and Parsons Art Institute in Paris receiving her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts.
"I paint to change the world. I paint to change people’s hearts, views, and politics. I thought I could change the world through art. After art school, I had a shocking revelation. I realized that I could not benefit people whom could not access me. My influence was limited to those whom participated in the visual arts. I realized I could not affect the changes I wanted to from where I was positioned. I understood then that if I wanted to change society I had to work within society. I began a nineteen year career in social services. I returned to university to study political science and prelaw. Art was not enough.”
Voigt began teaching art to adults with developmental disabilities. In her shop she employed and trained them. Over the years her exhibits grew to assist artists with all types of disabilities throughout the Los Angeles area. "I helped them sell their work. They received a pay check. Their life changed. Immediately I appreciated how earning pay changes lives. I had to move forward. I had to expand. Art is a fortunate and difficult way to earn an income. Everyone can work and everyone benefits from work. The economic independence it provides empowers self-determination. I moved on to create employment for all restricted populations; mentally ill, welfare recipients, ex-felons, immigrants, refugees, the homeless, un/underemployed; eventually everyone! Work changed their lives and that impacted the world.”
Voigt left her career with Non-Profits in 2007. She moved to New York City to return to paint. “Howard (Kanovitz) patiently and consistently reminded me that I had to live life in order to paint it. My art tells the story of the human soul and experience. I paint it as I have faced it. I no longer merely paint to change the world. I am a material contribution to change and my paints continue to tell the unheard, under-heard and the unseen stories.”
Voigt’s artwork is currently exhibited in national and international galleries. She participates annually in major art fairs including Art Basel Miami. Many of her early works have been acquired by museums as part of their permanent collections.
ARTROOMS, London, U.K.; January 2017, Selected Artist
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach FL; January 2017
Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton, FL, U.S.A; March 2017, Featured Artist
Art Basel, Spectrum, Miami, FL, U.S.A; December 2016, Spotlight Artist, Beyond Shadow: Michele A Utley Voigt, Solo Exhibition
Mainline Gallery, Tulsa, OK, U.S.A.; August 2016, Beyond Shadow: Michele A Utley Voigt, Solo Exhibition
Sweet ‘Art, London, U.K.; July 2016 SHE, Group Exhibition
Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A.; U.S.A. July 2016, Group Exhibition
Galerie Numero 1, Paris, FR; April 2016 Abstract Painting Exhibition, Prize Winner, Group Exhibition
Art Expo New York, New York, NY, U.S.A.; April 2016, Solo Exhibition, Beyond Shadow: Michele A Utley Voigt
Channel Islands Studios Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo, CA, U.S.A; March – April 2016, Dynamic, Group Show
HUD Gallery, Ventura, CA, U.S.A.; January – February 2016, Discernible Effects, Featured Artist
Art Basel Miami, Spectrum, Miami, FL, U.S.A.; December 2015, Group Exhibition
RANKART, Galerie Numero 1, Paris, FR; October 2015, Abstract Painting Exhibition, Winner, Group
Linus Galleries, Southern California, U.S.A.; October 2015, Abstracts, Group Exhibition
National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY, U.S.A., April 2015 Voices: An Artist's Perspective, Group Exhibition
Art Goes Electronic, West Hollywood Arts Commission, Digital Billboard Public Exhibition Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. April 2015, Solo Exhibition
Celebrating Diversity Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A., March 2015, Skies, Group Exhibition
Linus Galleries, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A. March 2015, Lines & Curves, Group Exhibition
Art Basel, SCOPE, Miami, FL, U.S.A. December 2014, Art Takes Miami, Group Exhibition
Linus Galleries, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A., October 2014, Big C, Group Exhibition
Linus Galleries, Southern California, CA, U.S.A., August 2014, World Around You, Group Exhibition
City Lights Gallery with World Artists Network, Bridgeport, CT, U.S.A., Make Art Not War, Group Exhibition
2016 Spotlight Artist Award, Art Spectrum Miami
2016 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 5
2016 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 4
2016 Abstract Painting Exhibition Prize Winner Galerie Numero 1, Paris, FR
2015 Abstract Painting Exhibition Prize Winner, Galerie Numero 1, Paris, FR
2015 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 4
2015 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 3
2015 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 1
2015 Artist Portfolio Magazine Cover Competition, Prize Winner, Featured Spread
2015 World Citizen Artist Competition, Finalist, Belgravia Gallery, London, U.K.
2014 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 6
2014 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 5