Sunday, September 16, 2007

Portrait of an artist

“A painting can be done in a few hours or a couple of days, PLUS about 20 years of experience”. This was according to
Michael Glinski, the artist behind the fantastic paintings at the Belau Art Gallery at the ground floor of the Palau Royal Resort.

Browsing through the paintings at the gallery gives you a feeling of looking at real-life paintings. Michael’s paintings throbbed with a life of their own, giving you a feeling of being at the same spot depicted in the painting.

Michael said he started his artistic career as a very small boy, painting on the walls of their house. Instead of getting angry, his parents gave him all the support and encouraged him to pursue his interest.

Michael was born into a generation of artists in Warsaw, Polland as the youngest of a brood of three. He was introduced into the world of arts by his parents who are both architects.
“At a very early age I learned to develop my own style and design,” Michael said. He sold his first painting at the age of 13 in the United States, and since then has made more than 500 paintings. He has traveled extensively all over the world and he gets his inspiration from nature and environment. He settled in Palau in 2003 at the Batuti Art Gallery and moved to his present location in July 2005.

Arm Michael with brushes, paints, canvas, time and inspiration and off he goes into his creative world, creating a painting depicting nature’s wonders in Palau.
Michael has also extended his artistic ability into fashioning his own collection of jewelry.

Michael’s paintings are affordable.
“It gives me great satisfaction to see my customers happy with my paintings so I make these affordable for them,” Michael said.
Prints can be had as low as $15, limited editions from $75 and up, original water colors from $35 up and the most expensive painting in the gallery costs $10,500.
His clientele ranges from tourists from Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, United States and a sprinkling of tourists.
Visit the Belau Art Gallery at the PRR from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Sundays. Please call 488-2000 ext. 207 for more information.

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