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Michael Koehler was born at the stroke of midnight in the wilds of South Western Pennsylvania. While exploring the ancient rust realm he unearthed a tome filled with long forgotten relics. A narrow brush, finely ground pigments, and a book made from the petrified remains of an old fir tree. Michael brought the materials together to create a world thriving with wizard cults and gangs of fantastic and surreal creatures. He breathes life into them and sets them free to explore, build homes, cause trouble, make art, work, fight, play games, create and worship gods, and develop into whatever creature they choose. 

Michael pulls influence from various folklore, mythology, natural systems, and human behaviors. He works primarily with gouache and acrylic paint.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

2018 9/22, Intimate Lines, New Frontier Lounge, Tacoma, WA
2018 9/28, Mortimer Megazine Zine Release Party, Destiny City Comics, Tacoma, WA
2018 10/20, Urban Unglued, Dryer Masonic Center, Tacoma, WA
2018 10/26, Bleedingham Presents: The Night Gallery, The Majestic, Bellingham, WA
2019 5/3-5, Crypticon Seattle, Doubletree Hotel, SeaTac, WA

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

2018 Lore of the Lords, Destiny City Comics, Tacoma, WA
2017 Into the Cult Realms, Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop, Seattle, WA
2014 Devil Got a Big Old Butt, Remedy, Pittsburgh, PA
2012 Lost, Found, and Somewhere in Between, The Gallery 4, Pittsburgh, PA

GROUP SHOWS

2017 The Return of ZA, Spirit, Pittsburgh, PA
2017 Artist Mythos, Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma, WA
2015 Bedtime Stories, Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Winter Spirits, Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Spring Salon, The Gallery 4, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 Steel City Secret Cinema II, Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 A Krampus Show, Stuff and Such Society, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 ZA, Mr. Roboto Project, Pittsburgh, PA
2012 Steel City Secret Cinema, Hollywood Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
2011 Art for Animals, Bakery Square, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 Wallspace, fast>>fwd Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 Group Show, fast>>fwd Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2009 Dia De Los Muertos Y La Resurrecio, Moxie Dada, Pittsburgh, PA
2009 Spring Salon, Modern Formations, Pittsburgh, PA
2009 Everything But the Kitschen Sync, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Vicious Landscapes, OneWay Gallery, Narragansett, RI
2008 Cannibal Flower 8th Anniversary, The Firehouse, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Bogus Journey, Moxie Dada, with Thad Kellstadt, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 Bright and Shiny Holiday, Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 3 Rivers Art Festival, with Moxie Dada, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 Numero Uno, AABC Gallery, with Ronnie Hicks, Butler, PA


PUBLICATIONS

2018 Mortimer Megazine: "Field Guide to Cults & Gangs"
2018 Dish Rag Magazine: “Caves” 

PRESS

Candy Teeth Radio podcast, May, 2018

Future Tenant, Bedtime Stories, Futuretenant.org, June 2015

Pittsburgh City Paper, Michael Koehler at moxie DaDA, Bill O’Driscoll, Dec 2009

Pittsburgh City Paper, Bogus Journey, Lisa Brennan, July 2007