Mike Sleadd, born and raised in Kentucky, currently resides in Columbia, Missouri. As a professor and former Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Music at Columbia College, he has taught a variety of art classes over the past 30 years. His MFA in drawing and printmaking is from the University of Missouri. His BA is from Georgetown.
Sleadd works from numerous thumbnail sketches, beginning a drawing with expressive gestures using the ink-soaked plume of a feather. From those initial strokes, he weaves an array of patterns into detailed, whimsical abstractions. Intricate, expressive, and sometimes humorous, Sleadd’s work is complex and full of texture, evolving over dozens of hours spent dipping his pen into his antique inkwell.
Many of his drawings range in size from 15"x22" to 25"x40". Smaller sketches, prints and signed archival reproductions are available. Contact him for a personal showing and/or purchase. His artwork can also be viewed at Sager|Braudis Gallery in Columbia.
All images on this web site are the property of Mike Sleadd and cannot be used without his written permission.