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I was born outside of Pittsburgh, PA in 1977 (a reason why you’ll find those numbers in my artwork). As a kid I would trace cartoons, skateboard graphics and album covers. I can recall drawing Guns N Roses “Appetite For Destruction” many times in sixth grade. I took art classes throughout high school and decided to pursue a degree in fine arts after school. I went on to college at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, two hours north of Pittsburgh. I focused on printmaking at the time which is where I learned about artists like Jose Guadalupe Posada and the German Expressionists like Kathe Kollwitz. I loved woodcut printing as it offered bold black line work and a graphic quality that I’d later use in my paintings. After I finished school and returned home where I did not have the necessary supplies to continue making my prints, so I turned to painting so I could keep making art. I’ll be honest, my paintings were bad. Really bad, but I enjoyed making them and I continued to learn what worked and what didn’t. I lived near the airport and ended up picking up a job with the airlines. I had worked there part time cleaning airplanes until I got a full time job at one of the hangars. My first day of work was an intro class of we should expect while working there. After two hours of videos we took a quick break. When we returned to class the television had images of planes flying into buildings. My first day of a full time job with the airlines ended up being September 11, 2001. So that job ended rather quickly however I kept making art, bad art. I had discovered that there was a mortuary school in Pittsburgh where I could get licensed as a funeral director/embalmer. I knew nothing about the business or what I was getting myself into. I went to school for a year and followed that up with an internship for another year. I learned how to do removals, embalm, do restorations, dress and casket people, do the cosmetics and assist on funerals. I continued to paint and made a lot more bad art. I eventually got a job as an embalmer out in Reading, PA in 2005, four hours east of Pittsburgh. Between four locations we did 500 calls a year, so it was a busy time for me. The hard thing about being an embalmer is that you're on call so when someone passed my phone rang and I had to go to work. I spent a lot of time alone in my apartment waiting for said phone to ring. A lot. This is where I learned to craft my paintings and style. I thought back to my printmaking days in 2000 and how I loved the bold line work I was doing. So I started to paint in that style and things started to click for me. I was making a lot less bad art and started to make some good ones. In 2006, a friend of mine put together a gallery show in Pittsburgh and included my paintings. I sold three the opening night and thought I'm doing something right. I used my love of religious imagery, my experiences dealing with life and death, and my love for skeletons and devils to make my art. Since then I've been working with galleries all over the United States, Canada and the UK and have designed art toys that got me to Comic Con in San Diego.

-Mike

*If I can ever answer any questions about my art of what got me to where I am now please feel free to contact me at 1977egan@gmail.com


Education:
1996-2000 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA Bachelor of Fine Arts
• 1998-2000 Student Art League
• 1999-2000 Printmaking Club

2002-2000 Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary
Science, Pittsburgh, PA
Diploma – Funeral Director/Embalmer


Upcoming Exhibitions:

2019 March/April work on display, Albina Press, Hawthorne Location, Portland, OR

2019 May, “Folk Noir” group show, Stranger Factory, Albuquerque, NM

2019 October solo show, Penny Contemporary, Hobart, Tasmania

2019 October solo show, Arthaus Projects, Williamsport, PA

Past Exhibitions:

2018 “Where Death Goes To Die” solo show, Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA

2018 “Psycho Salon” group show, Superchief Gallery, New York, NY

2018 "Collective 23" group show, Jesse Best Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2018 "In Memory Of" solo show, True Measure Gallery, Portland, OR

2018 "Freedom Rock" 4 person show, Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2018 "Nine Lives" group show, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2017 "Long Live Death" solo show, Yard Dog Gallery, Austin, TX

2017 "Obsidian Garden" 3 person show, Talon Gallery, Portland, OR

2016 "I Saw You At My Funeral", solo show, Matthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016 "LAX/ORD"  Thinkspace curated group show, Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016 "The New Vanguard" Thinkspace curated group show, The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA

2016 "Arcana" group show, Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2015 "Live Fast, Die Faster", solo show, Gauntlet Gallery, San Fransisco, CA

2015 "Bones, Hearts & Body Parts", Foe Gallery, Northampton, MA

2015 "10 Years of Thinkspace" group show, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Scope Miami Beach Art Fair, Thinkspace Gallery, Miami, FL

2014 "Death Rides Again" group show, Toy Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014 "Death Came To Texas" solo show, Yard Dog, Austin, TX

2014 "Space//Squared" group show, White Walls, San Fransisco, California

2014 "LAX/TXL", Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany

2014 "Death had a Funeral", Lindsay Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2013 "Bewitching III" group show, Stranger Factory, Albuquerque, NM

2013 "Super Unknown" group show, Thundersky Inc., Cincinnati, OH

2013 "We Bleed Black Blood When We Die Dark Deaths" solo show, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR

2013 "Yard Dog Austin At Firecat" group show, Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL

2013 "Death Goes Pop" mini solo show, San Diego Comic Con, San Diego, CA

2013 "Death Will Tear Us Apart" solo show, Anno Domini, San Jose, CA

2013 "Old Friends, New Work" group show, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2012 "Dead Memories" solo show, Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2012 "Fortune Favors The Bold" group show, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2012 "Sex, Drugs & Rock N Roll" group show, Metropolis Collective, Mechanicsburg, PA

2012 "Nosellots Super Show Shindig" group show, Screaming Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

2012 "The Day That Death Stayed Home" solo show, Gallery on 43rd St., Pittsburgh, PA

2012 "Picks of the Harvest" group show, Thinkspace, Los Angeles, CA

2012 "New works: Mike Egan and Ben Kehoe" Langham Gallery, London, England

2011 "Fresh Produce 2011" group show, Anno Domini, San Jose, CA

2011 "The Death Of 1977:New Works By Mike Egan" solo show, Yard Dog Gallery, Austin, TX

2011 "Annual Day of the Dead Invitational" Group Show, Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2011 "Jolly B 13" group show, Illiterate Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 "Funerals:New Works by Mike Egan" solo show, Anno Domini, San Jose, CA

2010 "Fresh Produce" group show, Anno Domini, San Jose, CA

2010 "Sorry For the Blood" solo show, Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2010 "Skull" group show, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2010 "Dead Portraits:New works by Mike Egan", solo show, Slingluff Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010 "Plenty of Sleep When We're Dead" group show, Fast Forward Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2010 "Sleight of Hand" group show, Recoat Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

2010 "New Works by Mike Egan", solo show, Snowmonkey's House of Monsters, Seattle, WA

2009 "Fresh Produce" group show, Anno Domini, San Jose, CA

2009 "12X12" group show, Fast Forward Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2009 "The Ghost of Pittsburgh" 2 person show, ModernFormations Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2009 "Day of the Dead:Art & Culture in the Americas" Everheart Museum, Scranton, PA

2009 "Memento Mori" group show, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2009 "New Works by Mike Egan and Ben Kehoe", Metropolis Gallery, Lancaster, PA

2009 "Tunnel of Love" group show, Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2008 "3 New Artists" group show, Yard Dog Gallery, Austin, TX

2008 "Day of the Dead" group show, Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2008 "Praying at the Funeral" solo show, Metropolis Gallery, Lancaster, PA

2008 "Robot Hive" group show, Stained Skin, Columbus, OH

2008 "Lucky Day to Die: New Works by Mike Egan" Crazy Mocha, Pittsburgh, PA

2008 “Launch Exhibition” group show, Cement Gallery, London, England

2008 “March Exhibition” group show, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008 “50/50” group show, The Soda Gallery, Dallas, TX

2007 “The Soul Collector: Paintings by Mike Egan”, solo exhibition, Vino Paradiso Gallery, Portland, OR

2007 “So Many Selves…” group show, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007 “All Systems Go!” group show, Oglesby Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

2007 “Grand Opening” group show, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007 “We Could Have Killed But Created”, Modern Formations Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2007 “Art Loft 2007” group show, Biscuit Company Lofts Penthouse, Los Angeles, CA

2007 “Flux 14”, Destroy/Destroyer group showing, Pittsburgh, PA

2007 “Open Heart” group show, DV8 Art Gallery, Greensburg, PA

2006 “City of Monsters” group show, Garfield Artworks, Pittsburgh, PA

Publications:

2008 Juxtapoz #90 "Praying at the Funeral" solo show, Metropolis Gallery,Review July,2008

2007 “theMAKE” hardcover book, 40 selected artists, The Number Media
House, Victoria, BC.