Michael Quadland grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he divided his after-school time between riding his horse and making his “constructions” in the basement. He majored in art at Dartmouth College, where he graduated with distinction in studio work. He also holds a PhD in psychology from New York University and a Master of Public Health degree from Yale. After demanding New York City careers as a clinical psychologist, assistant professor of psychiatry at Mt Sinai Medical School, AIDS researcher, and eventually novelist, he returned to painting. He now lives and paints fulltime in Litchfield, Connecticut.
In his art, as in his writing and psychotherapy practice, Michael focuses on the expression of emotion. One of the things he enjoys most about painting is the process of putting feelings into visual form, having depended on words for so many years. He works in acrylic on panel, employing layered surfaces in a nonobjective format in order to maximize imagination and projection. It is difficult for anyone seeing this work not to respond with some sort of feeling. The layers and traces of his paintings contain secrets, he says, that can be revealed to the viewer over time. In this way, the work retains interest, is perpetually new.
In his most recent “architectural series” Michael is inspired by the WPA and Ashcan schools of American art which found beauty in the unadorned industrial landscape. Abstract metallic surfaces sometimes employ concrete, plaster and hardware. The work–highly textural and/or three dimensional—straddles the fine lines between painting, sculpture and architecture.