Abdel Michel

Abdel Michel lives in Milton, Massachusetts. He has attended Gateway Arts since 2008 and is a highly gifted, self-taught artist.

Michel is interested in forms of transportation, especially public transit, and enjoys making very intricate drawings of the MBTA subway system. He prefers to work on a small scale, often overloading paper with marks made, erased, and redrawn. He then combines these elements to create a congested view of Boston landmarks. When working larger, he makes self-directed choices in regards to omitting data, leaving room for one’s eye to rest in the rendering of the work. Michel applies his detailed practice to jewelry making as well. He enjoys using a palette of vivid hues, combining beads of different colors and textures to create intricately strung designs.

Michel’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Everything in London, UK, Barneys NYCFuller Craft Museum, Concord Center for the Visual Arts, and the Gateway Gallery.


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I want to be the best artist at Gateway.

I like to draw cities. I like to draw the T maps and make the busses of Boston using paper, because I live here.