Michael Breyette has been a fine art pastel painter for a little over ten years, having previously worked with acrylic and oil paints. He was never formally trained, but has liked to draw and paint since he was a kid. Around the same time he started using pastels (chalk-like sticks of pigment), Michael started coming out as an artist and as a gay man; he unleashed the desire to draw and paint the male form that he had kept under wraps. From there, Michael began posting and selling his work on the internet. The reception it received was amazing to him; by 2003 Michael quit his day job and has been supporting himself with his artwork ever since.
While Michael celebrates the beauty of the athletic male form, there are also threads of optimism in his work. His works are rarely melancholy, and use simple moments to illustrate the lives, loves, hopes and fantasies of gay men- and how those things are similar to all of us regardless of orientation, gender, race, etc. Michael explains, “Sure, the beautiful bodies and lustful eroticism are appealing but I think it's those emotional themes that I try to express that resonate deepest with collectors of my work. I've gotten numerous letters over the years telling me how my works have inspired, brought a smile or a vision of hope to someone. There is still a lot of negativity toward being gay from segments of our society and if my art has provided a small counter balance to that for someone it's the best part of being an artist, and an aspect of it I never anticipated”.
Michael has an upcoming gallery show at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery (432 Commercial St) in Provincetown MA. The show is called "Seasons of Love", a title it shares with the 2nd book of Michael’s artwork published earlier this year by Bruno Gmünder Verlag.
Michael’s work is also available through his website www.breyette.com, where in addition to originals, you can browse and buy limited edition prints, magnets, cards, books and calendars of his work.
Favorite LGBT (or LGBT friendly) bar/club in Provincetown: “I'm not really a bar or club person, but when I'm in PTown, I drop by the Porchside Bar at the Gifford House. It's easygoing and has a nice porch to sit out on.”
Favorite thing to do in Provincetown: “PTown in the summer is filled with things for us to do, going to the beach, biking on the trails in the National Seashore, galleries and restaurants, and outrageous shows at night like Bingo with Miss Richfield 1981. But one of my favorite things we like to do is find a bench on Commercial Street and just watch the parade of vacationers who've let their wild side out pass by, while enjoying an ice cream cone.”
Insider’s tip about Provincetown: “I thought about mentioning the Dick Dock, but that might be too much! If you go in the off season, some things remain open. You can have a wonderful dinner at the Mews while enjoying some of the locals on open mic night. Outside is the cold ocean but the inside is warm and cozy and the experience makes you feel like part of a community not just a tourist.”