Interpretation fascinates artist Michael Molick. It’s what makes him tick. His vibrant and subtle colors that weave together to create works of art call out for thought and movement of the mind.
“I love getting to hear from others who are viewing my artwork for the first time and hear what they see, I almost don’t want to name my paintings so it can be total open interpretation,” Molick said.
Molick, an artist by profession, pursued his passion after college. At 14, inspired by his cousins, he knew he wanted to pursue art but was advised to take college prep courses instead of art. Once in college, he was hoping to take art classes but instead he was preparing for a career and earned multiple certificates to teach.
After spending the first part of his adult life in teaching, he decided to pick up a hobby with painting. The spark grew from there. He began to study with Winifred Seibert in Chicago. She allowed him to freely paint and use his own creativity openly.
“My teacher was very non-critical or judgmental in the creative process. She allowed me to find my way to the artist I am today,” Molick said.
Molick’s artwork and technique are unique to the other artwork that has graced the halls of Lee’s Summit City Hall. He applies layers of color to the canvas until an organic process occurs between the paint and the canvas and a unique texturing occurs. The texturing is something Molick is known for in Kansas City. He opened a studio in downtown Kansas City in late 2006.
His artwork hanging in City Hall, 220 SE Green Street, features pieces from earthscapes, skyscapes and new beginnings collections. His inspiration for the pieces stems from a spiritual place. At his church he participates in prayer and meditation. While in meditation, the words and phrases spoken allow him to get a visual and a feeling. He jots down a particular phrase and then will capture that phrase and emotion in a painting.
He’s also been active in the community through his involvement with the Art for Arthritis Foundation working with children with juvenile arthritis and participating in events for the Kansas City Artists Coalition, Good Samaritan, and Spofford House. His artwork can be viewed at city hall from now until mid-January.