About the Artist:
Michael Pierre Price was born in late November in 1954. His hometown of Hammond, Indiana was dominated by the towering presence of oil refineries and steel mills, creating a gray and hazy industrial landscape that, in retrospect, reminds him of Mordor. His younger brother and he were raised by their mother and grandmother — two strong women of French descent and origin. Much of Michael’s love of nature and art came from his grandmother. Ever since he can remember he has had a powerful imagination, a strong creative spirit, and a natural aesthetic for seeing beauty.
Mathematics and science always came easy to Michael, so it was no coincidence that he earned a degree in physics from Purdue University. He then went on to graduate school, studying theoretical astrophysics at the University of Toledo. However, Michael made a monumental change in his life when he decided that he did not want a career in academia. Instead, he left school and went to work as a game designer for a small company that made a game called Dungeons & Dragons. This led to a 30-year career in game design.
The urge to pursue his creativity and artistry in a completely new medium began to take root more than three years ago. It brought him to photography and digital art — the perfect outlet for his visual aesthetics. The work on display is the result of that natural progression, of heeding the call to let his inspirations take flight in a new way. However, none of this would have happened had it not been for his spirituality, which deeply centers him and gives him the resilience to act. Michael’s Ojibwa ancestry is that core for him. Yet, it is his wife Donna who provides the warmth that nurtures his journey which only a very significant other can offer.
Michael's artistic goal is to “add beauty to the world.” For him the idea of beauty is based in Native American beliefs. Beauty is not about pretty pictures or valuable objects. Beauty comes from being connected to the source of creation — the numinous. Something of beauty reflects that natural flow of being in harmony with life. His motivations for his photography and digital art are to find those reflections, to share those in some way. He is intrigued at how beauty is revealed in the grandest of things and in the tiniest of things. Michael loves the fractal quality of life and existence. The patterns found in sub-atomic particle interactions have so many similarities to patterns found in flowers and shells, as well as to patterns found in galaxies. “Beauty is all around us once we start to really look,” Michael says, “even in a glimpse of the numinous somewhere between the pixels and the ink.”
Dogbotz Boneyard values the digital artwork of Michael Pierre Price because of his innovative perspective of beauty in everyday life — be it beauty in a flower or a rusty bridge or the image of a chess set. Also, the vibrant colors or black-and-white tones, organic shapes and tactile quality of Michael’s prints complement each other wonderfully in his interpretations of the Divine within us and around us — sometimes only perceptible when the soul is quiet and witnesses the mysteries of being. And so, from our Dogbotz Boneyard Gallery of Art for your own personal collection, we present Michael Pierre Price’s Buffalo Jesus #2.