About

The narratives within my large-scale oil paintings are constructed from photomontages of personal found photography. Through the act of erasure, distortion, reflection, and collage I intensify the images. My paint application and process of distorting the body combines realism with expressionistic brushstrokes. I am interested in the contrast between the pulsating figure and static color field. Within the grotesque manipulations of the human body, I seek to capture the sensation of the figure constantly shifting between presence and absence. This concept has always been important to me; dealing with hypersomnolence, a sleep disorder causing excessive sleepiness, feelings of dizziness, memory loss, and disorientation. All my work is rooted in tension, stuck in-between isolation and connection, individual and society, reality and dream.

 

BIO

Mikaela McLeish, born in 1992 in California, is a Filipina Irish American painter.  Mikaela has exhibited in solo and group shows in California, including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Diego Rivera Gallery, Cell Space Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, Thumbprint Gallery, The Studio Door, and La Bodega Gallery.  Mikaela is the recipient of the 2017 Business of Art Scholarship, 2015 MCASD 25 & Under Art Contest Finalist, 2013 Gamblin Painting Prize, 2012 Allan Stone Painting Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute Dean’s scholarship, and Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship candidate for the Art Division of the Yale Summer School of Music and Art.  Mikaela received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014. 

 

 

 

CV

Mikaela McLeish

b.1992, CA

EDUCATION

San Francisco Art Institute, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, 2014

teaching experience

2014- Present  Painting Instructor, Paints Uncorked, San Diego, CA

2016- Present  Children's Art Instructor, Practical Karate, San Diego, CA

2013                Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute PreCollege Program, San Francisco, CA

2013                Creative Intern, Root Division Nonprofit Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008- 2009      Teaching Assistant, Artsy Smartsy, La Jolla, CA

AWARDS AND HONORS

2017        Business of Art Scholarship, The Studio Door & Mission Federal, San Diego CA

2016        Feeding the Soul Scholarship candidate, UCSD Extensions, San Diego, CA

2015        MCASD 25 & Under Art Contest Finalist, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

2014        Davis Projects for Peace alternate candidate, Davis United World Scholars Program, Middlebury, VT

2013        Prize, Gamblin Painting Prize, San Francisco, CA

2013        Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship candidate, Art Division of the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, New      

                      Haven, CT

2013        Honors Studio recipient, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2012        Allan Stone Painting Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2010-14  Dean's Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2011-14  Wall Space recipient, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016     The Yellow Wallpaper, Counterpoint, San Diego, CA

2015     Mikaela McLeish: Doubling, OBR Gallery, San Diego, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017     Portraits, Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, Escondido, CA

2017     Illusions: Abstract & Surreal, Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, Escondido, CA

2017     ArtWalk, Little Italy, San Diego, CA

2017     Business of Art Showcase Exhibition, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA

2016     Small Wonders, Thumbprint Gallery, La Jolla, CA

2015     MCASD 25 & Under Art Show, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

2015     Inside Out, TPG3 Art Gallery, San Diego, CA

2015     Zen of a Woman, Oceanside Art Walk, Oceanside, CA

2014     Tikkun Olam, Gotthelf Art Gallery, San Diego, CA

2014     BFA Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2014     BITCH: An Exhibition, Cell Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013     Conceptual Representation, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2013     Narrative Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2012     Pa Dypt Vann, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012     Undergraduate Open Studios, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2012     Winter Arts Festival, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2012     Human Presence/Human Image, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2011     Group Show, West Wall Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011     Courtyard Armory Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Bibliography

Print Media

"Business of Art Scholarship", exhibition announcement with photograph, The San Diego Union Tribune, April 20, 2017. 30.

"Local Artist Awarded the Business of Art Scholarship", Local Media Umbrella, March 3, 2017. Vol.26

McLeish, Mikaela. Doubling. 2013. Diego Rivera Gallery. SFAI Undergraduate Admissions. San Francisco: SFAI Admissions, 2013. N. pag. Print.

Magazines and Periodicals

Patric Stillman, "The Monthly (April 2017)", The Studio Door, access date: April 1, 2017. 12-13.

          https://issuu.com/thestudiodoor/docs/april_17_the_monthly

Patric Stillman, "The Monthly (March 2017)", The Studio Door, access date: February 28, 2017. 56-57.

          https://issuu.com/thestudiodoor/docs/march_17_the_monthly

Website publications

"Mission Federal ArtWalk, SDVAN and the Studio Door introduce the artistry of emerging artist    

          Mikaela McLeish": n.pg. San Diego Visual Arts Network. Web. 30 March 2017.

          http://www.sdvisualarts.net/sdvan_new/bannerarchived.php

Patric Stillman, "The Business of Art Scholarship Showcase": n.pg. The Studio Door. Web. 3 March 2017.

          https://www.thestudiodoor.com/inside/?page_id=5940

"Business of Art Scholarship Winner": n.pg. ArtWalk San Diego. Web. 28 February 2017.

          https://www.artwalksandiego.org/missionfederal/business-art-scholarship/

Brian Baxter, "Local Artist Awarded the Business of Art Scholarship- To Be Featured at 2017 Mission Federal ArtWalk":     

          n.pg. Art Guide San Diego. Web. 22 February 2017.

          https://www.artguidesd.com/local-artist-awarded-the-business-of-art-scholarship-to-be-featured-at-2017-mission-federal-artwalk/