Michael John Angel (American b. 1946), Studies for Paintings in Sears, Roebuck Building, DC,Two Oils on Board Frame: 21 x 27 in
Born in England in 1946, Michael John Angel immigrated to Canada in 1961 and since then has divided his time between Canada and Italy. In the late 1960s he studied in Florence, Italy, with the renowned Pietro Annigoni, who introduced him to the techniques of the Old Masters. Mr. Angel is now regarded as one of the foremost traditional painters in North America, and his paintings and portraits hang in both public and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. Mr. Angel is the director of two major schools which are dedicated to the continuance of Classical and Realist painting. Both the Toronto school and the Florence school are listed on the Art Renewal Center's Recommended Ateliers. From 1982 to 1989 he was the Director of the National Portrait Academy in Toronto, Canada and from 1992 to 1995 the Assistant Director of the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. 1995 saw the establishment of his first school in Florence, Italy - the Angel Academy of Art. In 1997 he opened Michael John Angel Studios in Toronto, Canada.
These portraits are oil on canvas board used as working figures for two large paintings commissioned in the 1970s by Sears, Roebuck for their International Headquarters located at 633 Pennsylvania Ave, Northwest, Washington, DC. The building was sold to the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. in 1996. Two large paintings still hang in the lobby of this building. If they are ever removed from this building they will be added to the permanent collection of The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
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