Michele Foster-Lucas is a Folk Artist that speaks of people and culture through her existing and creative artwork. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michele soon moved to southern New Jersey after high school years, she later attended Burlington County College where she earned an Associate Degree in Science.
Michele has always had the spirit of an artist. In 1993, at the urging of friends and family, and after visiting private exhibitions and museums, Michele began painting on canvases. After moving to soft pastels, Michele’s subjects evoke a spiritual grace and yearning, reflective of her God-given talents. She was soon invited to exhibit her talent at the Woodbine Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Galleria in Manayunk and the Gallerie 500 in Washington, DC. Michele was a featured artist at the Essence of African Fashion Show and the highly prestigious, October Gallery held in Philadelphia. Her work has been displayed at the Remee Gallery, the Annual Tommy Gomillion Art in the Garden in Washington and Community Art in Atlanta, Georgia, General Electric Fine Art Gallery, and the Picture That Fine Art Gallery in Connecticut.
As Michele’s artistic perspective expanded, she explored new mediums and modes of expression as in works titled The Watermelon,” “Couple and the Moon,” and a series Black stick figures, render a near obstructionist view of life’s moments.
To date, Michele has produced two photo-lithographs titled “One Love” (released nationally as an unlimited edition in 1992) and has currently produced over one hundred giclees. The names of some are titled Carnival, Growing In Grace, The Fan, Road Song, and Out of the Blue which was released in limited edition in 2007.
“Carnival” represents a powerful and colorful leap into a new dimension of creativity inspired by a famous New England artist that used acrylic. Michele combines that technique with soft charcoal pastels. The resulting is an image that conveys the frenzy, vibrancy, and sensuality contained in the spirit of a Carnival.
Her patrons include a wide array of persons ranging from the contemporary artists Paul Goodnight to Hershey Hawkins (a former Basketball player of the Philadelphia 76’s). Her works are for all people from all walks of life as evidenced by a near “sell out” of her exhibit at Gallerie 500. Versatile Michele creates pieces ranging from modest to complex.
As a new folk artist on the scene, her artistry has grown bolder of greater variety and with breathtaking emotional complexity. For your home or your office, her art work remains affordable but of a sophistication that speaks of museum quality.