New portraits of McDonald on display for YC’s ‘About Face’ art exhibit

Jerome J. Michael McDonald’s Artist (Photo by Ron Chilston)

Artist J. Michael McDonald hosts his own show at Yavapai College.

A resident of Jerome for 27 years, McDonald has turned to portraiture during the COVID-19 shutdowns, trying to capture the effects of unique circumstances on the human face.

Her new exhibit, “About Face,” opens Feb. 24 with an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Patty McMullen-Mikles Art Gallery in Building F of the Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive.

“I was a little off in fine arts, so this is a great opportunity for Yavapai College to put on a show,” McDonald said.


It has 10 new pieces, with older works completing the exhibit. “About Face,” he said, is mostly made up of portraits of friends and neighbors and his interpretations of their expressions – “what we’re going through as a culture right now,” he said. declared.

In recent years, the award-winning artist, who was a painter of film sets in Los Angeles, has done a lot of technical art through computer graphics and home decorative painting projects, such as faux finishes which are them themselves works of art. His work has been featured in national publications.

McDonald’s has always worked in a wide variety of media – “I’m not your traditional artist,” he said. His return to oil helped him regain his confidence in the fine arts. This was not a vanity project; he said it was a way of expressing the emotions of the time.

He calls his style magic realism.

The exhibit will be on display for a month. The opening is free and open to the public. There will be free small bites and wine for purchase by the Southwest Wine Center.

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