Mike Egan Art

Mike Egan – Pittsburgh, PA

I first became a fan of Mike Egan through the cover art for an album that the Dexateens put out a couple of years ago. Band member Elliot McPherson constructs “lightboxes” for all the Dexateens album covers and for the Lost and Found album Elliot incorporated a piece of Egan’s work into the lightbox. 

Mike Egan is from Pittsburgh, PA. Using wooden panels and acrylic paint, Egan constructs what at first glance appear to be simple pieces of art, but as you take in the themes of his art they become much more. Egan draws inspiration for his art through his day job of working in funeral homes. In Egan’s artist statement from his web page he says: “The subject matter in my work tends to deal with life, death and religion. I’ve been working in funeral homes for the last five years and I’ve become quite familiar with all three subjects. Through funerals we tend to celebrate not only someone dying but we also celebrate that persons life. Through religion we hope that our loved ones are in a better place, that they are not suffering anymore.”

He also adds, “I like to think that each painting is in some way a good bye to somebody who passed away. A funeral portrait.” As dark as this sounds, there is something childlike and innocent in my attraction to this art.  Without the knowledge of his background and what influences his work, there is no question that I simply love looking at this art.

Take a look at some more after the jump, and visit his site.

While you’re at it click here to download the Dexateens album for free! Also check out Elliot McPherson’s lightboxes.

Dexateens – Lost and Found Art

“Death Pipe”

“Growing Apart”

“The Ghosts of Us”

“Ghosts in My Beard”

My Lost Friends

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2 Responses to “Mike Egan Art”

  1. emeraude1234@live.fr Says:

    Original

  2. the death pipe face looks similar styling to a classic NYC artist named DOZE GREEN.

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