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Michael Christy’s art integrates his disparate interests such as politics, history, mysticism, and science to create a mythological world which functions as a metaphor for our own. Rooted in the vernacular of western art and contemporary popular culture, particularly cartoons, pornography, and science fiction, Christy’s work explores themes of hegemony, environmentalism, sexuality, and the role of technology in society, as well as universal human themes. His paintings are a celebration of the empowering interactive potential of an atemporal narrative format, with the viewer having ultimate authority in determining the narrative content of the work.
In addition to creating visual arts, Christy also explores education as a vehicle for cultural production. He has worked for Dahlia Heights Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District teaching grades K-6 since 2000. Christy has been Dahlia Heights’ Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator since 2000, and in 2003 he helped develop their School for Advanced Studies Program, which he has coordinated since. In this capacity, he has been able to formalize the school’s commitment to emphasizing the arts, critical thinking skills, technological proficiency, and global citizenship, with a special focus on environmental awareness. He has been invited to speak on these topics at many conferences and symposia in southern California, including the Annual Central Cities Gifted Children’s Association Conference, the Annual City/County Conference on Gifted/Talented Education, the University of Southern California Summer Gifted Institute and Teacher Demonstration School and the USC/LAUSD GATE Symposium. With Daniel Miyake, he teaches Creative Integration of Art and Curricula for LAUSD’s GATE department, and in 2013 published a textbook of the same name.
Christy earned his Bachelor’s degree in painting from Penn State, and his Master’s degree in Globalization and Adult Education from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the California State University, Los Angeles. He has exhibited his paintings in New York at the CRG and Larissa Goldston Galleries and in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Venice Contemporary Gallery, Crewest Gallery, pLAyLAnd gallery, Cella Gallery, and Cannibal Flower exhibitions, as well as at Studio 508 in Santa Monica and at the Pennsylvania State University. Michael Christy resides in Los Angeles.
The Interrupted Lemonade
Kitten in Nature
Orangutan and Jackalope (2 Friends)