Michael Bourque’s acrylic paintings are a thought-provoking mixture of abstraction, repetition, and improvisation…. A major factor in Bourque’s work is the juxtaposition of strong colors, aided by the liquid ease of his confident brushstrokes. Much of what the artist seeks to do is study patterns in a two-dimensional space, where the pure visual effects of line, shape, and tint can be understood.
Where Bourque’s work breaks out of the ordinary is in the little vignettes and flashes of genius that he allows to peek through the pattern… The effect is to invigorate the entire work, and to surprise and delight the viewer. Bright colors are made brighter and strong shapes are made stronger in combination with an unexpected element.
Michael showed paintings…which were quite spectacular. He has developed a “style” of painting where the pattern is fractured and compartmentalized and his use of color is amazing. I believe he is a natural at composition. I also think his selections of color are intuitive. Michael’s work shows strength, joy, thoughtfulness, and tenderness.