Michael Rouillard (b. 1955, Valparaiso, FL; lives New York, NY) has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for the past three decades, including in Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. In 2010, he mounted a solo museum exhibition at the Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst in Reutlingen, Germany. Rouillard has also participated in solo and group exhibitions at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art (Santa Fe, NM); Olschewski & Behm (Frankfurt, Germany); Galerie Gisele Linder (Basel, Switzerland); Kunstraum Alexander Buerkle (Freiburg, Germany); Stark Gallery (New York, NY); Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY); Roger Ramsey Gallery (Chicago, IL); and the Panza Collection (Trento, Italy).
Rouillard has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts on three separate occasions: 1988 in Architecture, 1995 in Sculpture, and 2009 in Drawing. His work has been discussed in publications, such as Art in America, Art on Paper, ArtNet Magazine, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. It is included in public and private collections worldwide, such as the Panza Collection (Varese, Italy); Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY); and Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst (Reutlingen, Germany), among many others.
The paintings are involved with proportion, line and light in compositions constructed of overlapping planes. Slight variations in the dimensions of the panels create linear compositions around open fields of color. The use of thin aluminum sheets without a supporting structure (stretchers, etc.) allows the piece to lay directly on the wall and become a part of the architecture. This connection is furthered by beginning some of the pieces at floor level or having others slightly different in color from the white of the wall. Although sculptural in their use of shallow relief they are suggestive of wall painting due to the economy of structure and the near elimination of shadow. The panels hang freely on straight pins through holes in their surfaces and are separated when taken down.