ArtistInc Pecha Kucha

  On Monday, April 27, the eighth and final session of the ArtistInc Live program was held before a full house in the AIA building in downtown Kansas City. There, 25 talented Kansas City artists from a wide variety of artforms and mediums gathered as a group one last time to deliver 5 minute Pecha…

Mail Art Special!

Special Chance to Receive Some Postcard Art! Here’s your chance to receive a drawing on a postcard from Michael Schliefke! As a token of my appreciation for visiting and reading this website, for a limited time I will be making a whole series of drawings on postcards, and I will be sending them out to…

The Flood Cycle

The Flood Cycle A series of four 40″x40″ oil on canvas paintings produced for my 2013 show ‘Accumulation & Interruption’ in Austin, Texas. These paintings were painted simultaneously, using various ideas from religion, mythology and current trends in environmentalism and social critiques. The four paintings are loosely based off the Greeks’ Stages of Man, which, minus…

Oil Studies

Oil Studies

Feb 2015 – I’ve been working on some oil studies in the studio lately. It’s been a fun way to get some work done in the studio while I conjure up some themes and imagery for my next series of original works. I chose a couple of Jack Levine paintings for my oil studies, concentrating…

New T-Shirt Designs

Forgive the haste of this post, but scanned artwork showing detail and linework are coming tomorrow (9/29) – so please be patient in the meantime and enjoy the blurry work you see below. I’ve been toiling lately on a series of t-shirt designs, and the first designs are just about ready to go, so now’s your…

Back At It!

Back At It!

Jan 2014 – Winters in Austin are not very hard.  Even the coldest snaps and random and rare ice storms inflict a mere trifle of discomfort and inconvenience onto Austinites.  This winter has had a couple of rough cold and wet patches which hasn’t been great, but the worst has been the weather’s affect on…

Art in Context: the EAST tour

During the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour, I was interviewed by KLRU for their Art In Context program.  I was asked about a variety of subjects during the hour long process, all done while I was working on my large commission of the Last Supper and greeting visitors into my studio during the busy tour.  It was…