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Koko and Michael's Art - Portraits

Through their paintings, Koko and Michael offer an unprecendented glimpse of the joys, frustrations and desires that they encounter in daily life. Their collection of acrylics on canvas include intriguing examples of these visual and emotional representations.

APPLE CHASE
Michael's portrait of his dog, Apple.

BIRD
Koko's pet fledgling blue jay.

MYSELF
Michael's colorful self-portrait.

PENNY
Michael's portrait of Dr. Patterson.

RON
Michael's portrait of Dr. Ron Cohn.

SMILE
Michael's portrait of Smile, the Newfoundland.

TYLER
Michael's portrait of his teacher, Tyler.

 


APPLE CHASE by Michael
Michael had a dog named Apple, with whom he loved to play chase. He executed the painting at left from memory using black and white pigments, the color of Apple's coat, although he had a large selection of colors to choose from.
8 x 10 acrylic on canvas, 1983

BIRD by Koko
Koko seems to have painted her pet fledgling blue jay from memory. We rescued the bird from the nearby highway after a storm. Koko named the bird Tongue because of its protuberant tongue - the scrawny bird was always hungry and Koko enjoyed feeding it.
20 x 16 acrylic on canvas, 1983

MYSELF by Michael
This rainbow of color is Michael's self portrait. Interestingly, his painting of his teacher, Tyler, was almost identical. His painting Gorilla used the same palette.
20 x 16 acrylic on canvas, 1983

PENNY by Michael
Michael's portrait of his mother, Dr. Penny Patterson. Michael used identical brush strokes in his portrait of Dr. Ron Cohn.
8 x 10 acrylic on canvas, 1983

RON by Michael
Michael's portrait of his father, Dr. Ron Cohn. Michael used identical brush strokes in his portrait of Dr. Penny Patterson.
8 x 10 acrylic on canvas, 1983

SMILE by Michael
In 1983, besides Apple, the Foundation also was home to a Landseer Newfoundland named Smile. As in his portrait Apple Chase, Michael chose black and white, the colors of Smile's coat, from a variety of colors. But, unlike Apple, Michael was not fond of Smile, and perhaps that is why he spotted the canvas with reddish hues.
8 x 10 acrylic on canvas, 1983

TYLER by Michael
Michael's portrait of his teacher and close friend, Tyler. Interestingly, the colors Michael chose for his self-portrait are almost identical.
16 x 16 acrylic on canvas, 1983