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Abstract Expressionists We Love: Mike O'Guinn

on April 22, 2024

Mike O'Guinn 
California, US 

Abstract expressionist Mike O’Guinn is based in central coastal California. Even though Mike’s relatively new to abstract expressionist painting (he began in 2021), his work conveys a maturity and confidence that usually takes years to develop. Perhaps that professionalism comes from already having an established career in law. Regardless, Mike's paintings are absolutely captivating.

California-based contemporary abstract expressionist artist Mike O'Guinn

California-based abstract expressionist artist, Mike O'Guinn.

His spontaneous process—"a series of quick choices made in the moment,” as he explains—captures the true essence of expressionism. His paintings are layered with large brushstrokes and energetic mark-making, producing an urban sensibility that I love.

California-based contemporary abstract expressionist artist Mike O'Guinn

By contemporary abstract expressionist artist Mike O'Guinn, from his 'Illicit Merger' series.

I also appreciate the tensions within and between some of Mike's pieces. So, while some paintings are completely covered with his dynamic expressions, others consist of a dualism of quiet minimalism and bits of loud expressionism. When these two contrasting styles are put side by side, as I’ve seen in some photos of his exhibited works (below), the tension created is just so good.

California-based contemporary abstract expressionist artist Mike O'Guinn

Contemporary abstract expressionist Mike O'Guinn's paintings at Helena Mason Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.

We really love Mike's work, so check it out on Instagram or on his website:


Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.
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