This dual exhibition featuring the works of Read and Fitts will explore each artist’s distinct use of the photorealistic style. Michael Fitts paints his subjects on reclaimed metal. The metal surfaces, in their worn and distressed states, lend themselves effectively to Fitt’s studies, also objects of a distinctly temporal nature. Fitts’ paintings focus on familiar and transitory items- such old spoons, rotary phones, and childhood trophies; relics of the past that appear real enough to touch, and yet, just out of reach. Read’s work, on the other hand, is figurative in nature, often use herself as a model. While her paintings are hyper-realistic, the viewer is not always given the full picture, with pieces of her figures obscured by fabric, or paired with incongruent objects, keeping a sense of reality and understanding just out of reach. While working with different styles and subjects, both Fitts and Read tackle the boundary between the familiar and unfamiliar in their highly detailed works.
Michael Fitts lives and works in Charlottesville, VA, and has exhibited in shows across the US and in Europe. He is an associate member of the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville and is also a member of the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Originally a graphic designer, Fitts is a self-taught artist, who began painting to explore his creativity outside of his work. Megan Read is also a self-taught artist and designer who works from her studio at the McGuffey Art Center.