“what is art?” #14 – Michael Lipsey’s Joyful Work

Yes, art is a variety of things but sometimes it’s just a piece of paper with a painting on it. 


A writer and author from Chicago, Michael Lipsey, creates art simply because he wants to create. He composes images out of magazine clippings of people, quotes of his writing and watercolor. The blurbs Lipsey includes are all one sentence lines that push the narrative of his pieces. Not only are his quotes interesting but the colors and images of people included also help give his work character.


Lipsey’s work is powerful through its vulnerable innocence and its way of creating a human connection. I enjoy looking at and revisiting his work because of the simplicity, wisdom and wonder it contains. Known as @stoicmike on Tumblr, Michael Lipsey is an artist who proves that sometimes all you need to make art is a paintbrush and your own thoughts.


Here are a couple of my favorite collages thanks to Pinterest and Instagram. 🙂




sophomore studying Art & Design looking to start a conversation this semester about what art is, what it may be, what it can be, etc., in hopes to expand people's knowledge on how art consumes our lives

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