Micaiah Hardison grew up a few yards from the surf in Leucadia, California and has spent his entire life in and around the sea. Thousands of hours of wet interaction and thousands more of acute observation gives Micaiah a masterful understanding of the near-shore subjects he loves. His passion for surfing has taken him around the globe to islands of the Caribbean, South Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean as well as Europe, North Africa, Hawaiian Islands and the West Coast of The Americas from Canada to Chile. Paintings created during his travels and in his studio share the light, energy and appreciation of the seas that inspire him.
Micaiah's work is regularly shown in solo and group shows in Museums and Galleries throughout Europe, North America and Hawaii.
Recent Notable Exhibits:
2013 Contemporary Marine Artists of the West Coast, Knowlton Gallery, Lodi CA
2012 19th Annual Martime Art Exhibit, Coos Art Museum, Oregon
2012 33rd Annual Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic Seaport Maritime Art Gallery, Mystic CT (accepted but not exhibited)
2012 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, Texas
2012 Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside CA (Artists Alliance Juried Group Show)
2011-2012 National Art Museum of Sport (2nd Annual: Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport)
2011 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition at Lee Youngman Galleries, CA
2011 American Impressionist Society's 12th Annual American Impressionist Exhibition at Mountainsong Galleries, CA
2011 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, Texas
2011 Coos Art Museum, Oregon. (Expressions West Exhibition)
2011 PaintAmerica, Top100 & MiniTop50: Longmont Museum, CO
2011 PaintAmerica, Top100 & MiniTop50: Coutts Museum of Art, KS
2010-2011 Coos Art Museum, Oregon. (Fish & Fishing Art Exhibition)
2010-2011 National Art Museum of Sport (Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport)
2010 California Art Club. (California Heritage, at the Historic Blinn House)
2010 Minnesota Marine Art Museum. (ASMA "Between the Shining Seas")
2010 Wisconson Maritime Museum. (ASMA "Between the Shining Seas")
2010 Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Juried Entry (less is more)
2010 California Art Club, Juried Entries (Surf's Up!, at the Historic Blinn House)
Recent Notable Awards:
Winner: 2012 Southwest Art Magazine's 'Artistic Excellence' Painting Competition (honorable mention)
Finalist: Artist's Magazine's 28th Annual Art Competition (two pieces were finalists)
Best of Show: 2011 San Diego Fine Art Exhibition (Del Mar Racetrack/Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall)
Honorable Mention: Salon International 2011 at Greenhouse Gallery
Juror's Award: 2010 PaintAmerica MiniTop50
Select Jury Award: 2010 National Art Museum of Sport (Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport)
Finalist: October 2010 FineArtViews "Bold Brush" Painting Competition
Winner: 2010 Southwest Art Magazines '21 over 31' Emerging Artist Search (honorable mention)
Finalist: July 2010 FineArtViews "Bold Brush" Painting Competition
1st Place: 2009 Second Annual SoCal Artists Exhibition of Figurative Works
Recent Notable Publications:
Southwest Art Magazine, December 2012 "Artistic Excellence"
American Art Collector, September 2011, 'Art Lovers Guide to Collecting Fine Art in California.'
American Art Collector, June 2011 'Stories From the Sea, Marine Art Today'. "Special Section devoted entirely to the best marine art being produced today..."
Southwest Art Magazine, November 2010 "Emerging Artists:21 Talented Painters to Watch"
"Land of Sunlight" Contemporary paintings of San Diego County by James Lightner, published 2007 by San Diego Flora ISBN 9780974998121
American Society of Marine Artists
Oil Painters of America
California Art Club
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association