Artwork by Michael Chittock

Artist in Focus

I grew up in the alpine outskirts of Susanville, California where my family lived in a small house with no electricity or running water. We had an outhouse and took baths in a large metal tub filled with hot water that my mother boiled on the wood stove. Every day, my sister and I walked five miles to and from the rural schoolhouse where first through fifth grades were all taught in the same room by the same teacher.

This may sound harsh by some standards, but the truth is that I loved my childhood there. I loved the freedom I had to play outdoors, fish, hunt, hike, and discover endless secret and magical places in the pine forest.

Eventually, my family moved into town and my identity as an artist began to take shape. I practiced drawing with my first real friend, Robert, who was great at drawing monsters. At that time, National Geographic Magazine was my bible. I copied what I saw and considered realism and photographic detail to be indicators of quality art.

It wasn’t until years later that I began to incorporate realistic drawings into abstracted visual planes that reflect the nuances and fleeting moments of human interaction. This was a huge conceptual shift as well as a logical one. Human relationships fascinate me. I’m an observer of both real and voyeuristic experiences. My artistic vision is to capture raw social and emotional human exchanges and the mundane or bizarre settings in which they occur and allow the viewer to infuse it with meaning.

Michael in Focus

Michael in Studio 1
Michael in Studio 2
Michael in Studio 3


Bachelor of Arts, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


“Bright” Group Exhibition – Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2019)
“Down at the Tower Bar” Group Exhibition – Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2017)

“Dinnerware Artists Part: 2 1990-2003” – Temple Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2017)

“Little By Little”- Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ (2017)
“Invitational” Juried Exhibition – Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, AZ (2015)
“Michael Chittock: Great White Hunter” Solo Exhibition - Bakersfield Museum of Contemporary Art, Bakersfield, CA (2009)
“Ready Set Dart” Juried Exhibition, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ (2000)


Surdut, Beth. “Adventures in Painting.” Desert Leaf, April 2020
Broom, Sarah. “The Myth of New Orleans.” AFAR Magazine, July 2019
Lowe-Bailey, Charlotte. “A sexy, improbable art show-but it works.” Arizona Daily Star, 2000

Regan, Margaret. “Gloomily, Luminous.” Tucson Weekly, 1997

Portwood, Pamela. “Artists offer color spectrum, scientific bits women sitting.” Arizona Daily Star, 1996


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