Partners in art and life, Lon Michels and Todd Olson create paintings as animated and vibrant as their personalities.
Their work hangs side by side for the first time at the Portrait Society Gallery’s fall exhibition. “Husband & Husband,” on view through November 10 (207 E. Buffalo St.).
We reached out to three local creatives for their take on the show:
“There are artists who make art, and others who live art. And still others who are art – Lon and Todd are [among] the rare few who meet that distinction. We’re lucky to have them in our community; they represent the raw, unfettered expressivity that distinguishes Wisconsin’s art scene.” — Shane McAdams, visual artist and writer
“Expect viscera – from the wildly racing heart to the bleeding mind, displayed in the most ecstatic way possible, heralding the artists’ selves among their many brushstrokes.” — Sam Pekarske, poet and founder of “Poets Read Some Stuff Someplace in Milwaukee”
[Commenting on a photo of the couple’s color-soaked Lodi studio] “Yes, the carpet matches the drapes.” — Don Krause, owner of Art Bar