What He Does: It all started out pretty simply for Michael Wooten. One day in the sixth grade, he and his friends were tracing comics out of the newspapers when Wooten decided to see if he could replicate them without tracing. Of course, his first work was terrible, and the second not much better, but he stuck at it until he taught himself how to draw and paint.
"Obey." Acrylic and Newspaper on Canvas.
Then, five years ago, the opportunity to be a stay-at-home dad left him with enough free time to paint, which he does every day even if only for an hour. His works in oils and acrylics are startling portraits of people done in a highly street art form. Wooten's original goal was to be a Disney animator, but a fondness for politics and punk rock led him down a slightly darker and more antagonistic path. His subjects are always poised to fight the oppressive powers that be, shouting down tyranny and clashing with the shock troops of the State.
When he's not doing the occasional Star Wars piece, that is. You can find his art all over the city in East End Studio Gallery, War'hous and Randall Kallinen's Art Gallery.More »