Islamic Paintings By Michael Schmidt

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When I visited Chicago in December, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Michael Schmidt, a Muslim artist who combined his passion in art with Islamic values. He has a collection of children stories that teach Islamic values, which I will review later on the website, as well as Islamic paintings that are very unique and beautiful. I was really impressed with his works and I asked him to make a small showcase of his paintings on my website and he was so kind to approve my request. Underneath you will find the artist’s statement and biography. If you are interested in buying any of these paintings, please contact the artist Michael Schmidt at mike(at) schmidt-gallery.com

Artist’s Statement

I have always been inspired to find meaning in the universe, and my art has served as a way for me to explore and express this notion. I hand-paint my work with acrylic, and add intricate designs on layers of translucent glue. The images themselves come from my imagination, things I’ve seen, and my interest in science and spiritual teachings. I do not try to explain the particular meanings of my paintings, I think the image can convey certain meanings which words cannot.

Biography

Michael Klaus Schmidt is an award winning artist and illustrator. Originally from Germany, but raised in the Chicago area, his work has appeared in shows around the country and internationally, including Chicago, San Francisco, London, Toronto, New Orleans and more. He is a member of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, and has taught art to children grades K-8. Currently, Michael is working as a freelance artist and illustrator.

5 x 2.75 inches
2008
Mixed Media on board

Moroccan Mint

40 x 30 inches
2012
Mixed Media on board
This was also one of five paintings produced for the play Unveiled by Rohina Malik.

Lost

20 x 16 inches
2006
Mixed Media on board

Observation

30 x 24 inches
2010
Mixed Media on board

The Living from the Dead


24 x 11.5 inches
2011
Mixed Media on board

Found

20 x 16 inches
2012
Mixed Media on board

Starry Mosque

5 x 2.75 inches
2012
Mixed Media on board

Sage

40 x 30 inches
2012
Mixed Media on board

This Apartheid Week, Read The Report Israel Doesn’t Want You To See

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Since its the apartheid week, let the world knows more about Israel.

This week has seen the promotion of yet more anti-democratic legislation in Israel. A new law that received final approval by the Knesset gives, for the first time, separate representation to Muslim and Christian Palestinian citizens on a national employment commission. The bill’s sponsor, Likud MK Yariv Levin, was clear about his motivation: “[the Christians are] our natural allies, a counterweight to the Muslims who want to destroy the country from within.” An editorial in Israeli newspaper Haaretz described it as “racist legislation” by “nationalist zealots”.

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We Need to Talk about Yarmouk

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Beyond Compromise - الثَّوابِت

There has been an unnerving silence about the ongoing siege of a Palestinian camp in Damascus. It has gotten swept under the rug, along with the destruction of Syria, as one of those tragedies that for many seems easier to occasionally lament rather than take an active stand about.

For almost half a year now, Yarmouk camp has been on the receiving end of a devastating new tactic employed by the Assad dynasty. The method itself is simply enough: isolate an area long enough to bring it to its surrender. It would seem that the ambition of this approach is to drain Yarmouk, and the oppositional forces within it, of weaponry. But in the process, and almost certainly done intentionally, the siege evacuates Yarmouk of resources that residents are in desperate need of.

The transport of medical aid and food into the camp are almost entirely obstructed. It was from…

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