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Escoffery, Michael

 

Michael's current pieces reflect his experiences  and the influences of his visits to different cultures. Following time-off in 1999, Escoffery traveled extensively across North America, Europe and Asia.
His works now reflect more focus with less concern on style. His message is subliminal with sensitivity for his subjects. Escoffery, however, remains true to his favorite subject - the female form. He   shows an understanding of the physical as well as the emotional and spiritual sides of women. Escoffery's recent bronze sculptures are studies in movement and forms, of a figure frozen in time and space.
   Born in Kingston, Jamaica to parents who were also artists,  Escoffery reminisces on receiving paintbrushes, paints and general art supplies as Christmas gifts. It was this early encouragement that Escoffery says convinced him at the early age of 10 that he wanted to pursue a  career in art. Later, in his 20s, he migrated to the United States.
But he never lost sight of his goals. Today, his work adds a touch of grace to the walls of congress and United States embassies in over 40 countries. His work is now a thriving business, yet Escoffery stresses   that the importance of success is not financial as much as it is  creative.
He has won numerous awards for his work including several from the United States government. Escoffery has also been awarded a    doctorate degree. Yet he remains humble. "Awards are just icing         on the cake," he says, flashing his trademark wide grin. "They point     the direction I should go and remind me of where I've been."
His philosophy is simple, yet profound: "You can do anything you want even if the world says you can't."
Like his heroes, Picasso, Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden,    Escoffery is also cutting a path for himself. His art transcends   boundaries as he captures the essence of provocative sexual pleasures  or the beauty of the female form. Yet, he is also deep into the history  of his people, capturing them on canvas with his spectacular, "400 Years of My People," a graphic composition on the odyssey of Africans to the Americas.
Other spectacular pieces include "Mother & Son," and "Circle of Love," which details his belief in women as the symbol of courage and strength in the black society. His "Moonlight Lovers," "The Lovers,"  and "Amor And Psyche," captures the age-old dance of the jungle; in "Embrace," he strives to encapsulate in one canvas, the intensity of unbridled human passion, while in "Swan Song," and Whisper," Escoffery is enamored by the beauty of the human form.