About the Art

  • Artist Michael Temple calls his visual language “lowerglyphics.” “Lowerglyphics are marks that suggest symbols that don’t quite physically connect, but will allow for a re-creation and meaningful completion by the viewer’s subconscious. People often see and “read” stuff in my art that would have never occurred to me, and I love that. I often employ lowerglyphics as a basic building block in my painting.”
  • Temple’s non-objective / abstract paintings suggest a visual rhythm, and well they should, because he has been a professional musician / percussionist and bandleader for many years under the “Nom du bongo” Mike Tempo. “I try to bring a similar energy and intent to both musical performance and the art process. Each informs the other.
  • “Stack Paintings “This represents a parallel series of paintings that I have created throughout my career. They are a result of my love for the painters Malevich, Mondrian, Albers and also my Grandmother and Great Aunt and the rest of the women in Kentucky who created the quilts that I have slept under all of my life. Many of these paintings have a pre-determined rule for modifying patterns within (not on) a grid. Quilts are my earliest art influence, I think. Many of these paintings have a pre-determined rule for modifying patterns within a grid. Stack paintings get a lot looser and often deviate from my initial “rules but either way, I continue to find them a fine visual and emotional counter-point to my paintings based on lowerglyphics.