Anatomy: Reed’s Art Illustration


Michael Reedy  in his contemporary style has created a meticulous work in his Anatomy Series depicting skillfully rendered female and male nude figures (some of which are oil on panel paintings, while others are mixed media pieces) with accurately detailed internal anatomy as well.

There are several other figurative series in Reedy’s online portfolio that are quite impressive as well, and suffice it to say, Reedy’s is one skillful figurative artist.

“The human figure and portraiture have been central to my studies and explorations as a practicing artist for the past twelve years. In a desire to extend beyond historical modes of representation, I have found myself increasingly interested in depictions of the body that fall outside the canon of art history, namely in cartooning and medical illustration. Ultimately, I believe that by combining the visual language and style employed by various modes of representation, both inside and outside the accepted boundaries of fine art, I can locate and capitalize on unique areas of resistance essential to the production of new meaning.”



In my most recent drawings I have revisited the timeless themes of life, death, and the human condition. This new interest in the expulsion and the fall of man has been paired with my prior leanings, which have long been rooted in fringe images of the body, medical illustration, ornamentation, dark comedy, and the uncanny. These inevitable aspects of existence bring to mind the most tragic, and most beautiful, images of the body. Where the soft skin of a newborn and my rough patches of psoriasis are the most proximate of neighbors. It is this transitional moment, full of both grace and pain, which I wish to prod and indulge.




In the brown and blue works I began to explore visual complexity and ornamentation in conjunction with my prior interests; which have long been rooted in contemporary trends in figurative and portrait based works, as well as fringe images of the body, either in medical illustration or cartoons. I believe this push towards excess propels the figures in to another space, and permits the psychological possibilities or fantasies of the figures (or those embedded in the narrative) to operate outside of normal spatial conventions, and in short become uncanny. My goal was to make each new image more seductive and self-indulgent than the last, while still challenging notions of pain, violence, optimism, and beauty.

Michael Reedy is currently an Assistant Professor in Drawing at Eastern
Michigan University. He received his MFA in painting from Northern
Illinois University in 2000 and his BA from North Central College in 1996.
His work has been included in over 80 national and international
exhibitions and can be viewed in numerous private and institutional
collections, including Minot State University, Clatsop Community College,
Shippensburg University, and the Hoffman Trust National Collection in
association with the San Diego Art Institute.

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2 responses to “Anatomy: Reed’s Art Illustration

  1. Questo il blog giusto per tutti coloro che vogliono capire qualcosa su questo argomento. Trovo quasi difficile discutere con te (cosa che io in realt vorrei… haha). Avete sicuramente dato nuova vita a un tema di cui si parlato per anni. Grandi cose, semplicemente fantastico!

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