was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1938. He received BA and MFA degrees from the University of
Iowa. From 1963 until 1998 he taught painting and drawing in the School of Art at
the University of Washington. He is represented by the Francine Seders Gallery,
Seattle, WA and the Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR.
Michael Dailey's work has been widely exhibited in the Pacific Northwest and throughout
the United States. Among the public collections in which his work is included are
the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The
Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, The Seattle Art Museum, The Tacoma Art
Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the University of Washington.
We were greatly saddened by the passing of
Michael Dailey in 2009.
My work attempts to create the mood and presence of landscape by means of
atmospheric color and abstract form. I use an image that is rigorously flat to
convey a sense of deep space, highly abstract form to create a feeling of a specific time
and place, and a generalized image to create a subjective response in the viewer. By
suggesting rather than defining, much is left for the viewer to imagine. In a sense,
the work requires the viewer to complete the experience by the memories and perceptions he
or she brings to the paintings.
My working method is straightforward. I change and rework a painting over and over
again until it feels right. Color is layered and built up until a quality of
luminosity and specificity is achieved. The image changes many times as the painting
evolves and I quite literally don't know where I am going until I get there. Thus, a
painting that ends up predominantly blue may have begun as yellow or red. People
have noted the complexity of my color and have given me credit for skill that more
properly should be given to persistence and experimentation. This process of
improvisation and revision has been the basis of my work since the beginning.