The Northwest Portland International Hostel kicks off our inaugural First Thursday reception on April 4th from 6:00-9:00 pm. On display is a collection of vibrant paintings by local artist, Michael J. Feliz. His work gives classic Portland landmarks an uniquely whimsical quality with his use of vivid, multidimensional colors and perspectives. From the historic northwest neighborhood, to Pioneer Square, and the outdoor markets, his paintings illustrate the essential Portland cityscape for both locals and international travelers to enjoy. Small prints and postcards of the originals will be available for purchase, and the hostel will provide complimentary wine tasting and treats. Tours of the hostel will also be available.
I was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Miami, Florida with my family at the age of 5. It was there that I began to develop my passion for art and had the privilege to attend the New World School of the Arts. After graduating I moved to Columbus, Ohio and attended the Columbus College of Art and Design obtaining my Bachelors of Fine Art. After graduation I decided to move to Portland Oregon to continue pursuing my career in the arts. I have been in Portland for a year and a half now.
This is the first project I have ever felt totally immersed in. Not just with the amount of time spent painting them, but also the desire to experience Portland through each of the locations that I was painting. The locations were chosen with Jim Kennett. Jim and I really wanted to choose locations that were iconic and captured the movement and vibrancy of the city. Being a new transplant to the city, I wanted to portray the excitement and uniqueness that Portland possesses. The city has a very magical feel to it, almost dream like– my goal was to translate that on canvas and hopefully people feel the same way when seeing them.
I am currently working on a new series that will be displayed at that Riverplace Athletic Club in Southwest Portland in the near future. For those interested, my art can be found at www.mjfeliz.com.
Feliz’s work will be on display until August 2013. First Thursday receptions will be held at the Northwest Portland International Hostel in April, August, and December.