Michael Dubina has been an acclaimed painter of the midwestern landscape for over 20 years. While known for his large scale panoramic works, his newest landscape paintings are rendered in minute, evocative and visionary detail. These jewel-like works embody at once a sense of magic realism and an expansive, romantic expressionism. The images are painted with traditional oil techniques on the inside of matchbook covers, and are floated in over-sized black frames which compliment the physicality of the painted object.
In Dubina’s work one can sense such influences as the atmospheric qualities of 19th century Tonalism, the tranquility of Luminism, and the romantic spiritualism of the Hudson River School. But instead of looking back nostalgically, Dubina brings these qualities into our time, placing his striking attempts to conjure the Sublime on the inside of common everyday restaurant matchbook covers.
Dubina’s work has been collected internationally, and can be found in such collections as:
The Nicholas Sparks Collection
Another Knockout Punch, oil on matchbook cover
Anthem, oil on matchbook cover
Eye of the Storm, oil on matchbook cover
Harvest Season, oil on matchbook cover
Last Battlefield, oil on matchbook cover
Miracle of Rain, oil on matchbook cover
Resurrection, oil on matchbook cover
Secret Love, oil on matchbook cover
Detail, Trees at Dusk, oil on matchbook cover
Example of framed matchbook painting - Trees at Dusk, oil on matchbook cover