Michael Porten was born in Huntsville, Ala. He earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004, and is currently working towards an M.F.A. in painting from SCAD. Recent solo exhibitions have been held for his work at Hall Street Gallery, Savannah, Ga., 2008; and Galeries de l”Olivier, Lacoste, France, 2009. His works have also been included in recent group exhibitions with Late Show Gallery, Kansas City, Mo., 2008; Miami Art Basel satellite fair (ARTery Art Fair), Miami, Fla., 2009; and SCAD Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 2010.
His work focuses to a large degree on the synchronizing of seemingly disparate content and contexts, such as rainbows, addiction, home, family, painting, theory, science, computers and religion. These themes originate from discursive research and converge to from an amalgamated self-portrait that is imbued with a statement.
Porten is currently showing at P.J.S. Exhibitions: http://www.pjs-exhibitions.com/ and his exhibit runs through March 11, 2011