Life Infused with Color and Movement
Michael Manly is a visual artist originally from Alabama and has painted and created things as long as he can remember. He thinks about it and dreams about it when a brush is not in his hand. It's more than just canvas and paint; it's a part of of him. 

He's shown his work in the South since the mid-90's of everyday life infused with vivid colors and movement. With often a musical theme in mind, he focuses on objects that pull his viewer into a colorful world of rhythm and spirit with paintings that frequently revolve around masked characters and dancing, animated objects. However, regardless of his subject, he wishes to evoke a familiar feeling, a question or an emotion. 

He works mostly in acrylic, but often transitions into multi-media creations by adding a variety of found objects. Inspiration comes when he draws from his daily life and listens to and watches people in their world in normal and sometimes abnormal situations. Lastly, but importantly, music is a huge inspiration.

An Artrageous 1st place winner, Manly displays at his Nahville Studio in Nashville and Springfield. His work has appeared in the Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Nashville Arts Magazine, Nashville Scene, Decatur Daily News, Robertson County Times,  Green Hills/Belle Meade News and Nfocus Magazine.

Michael is passionate about animals and charitable organizations.  His artwork has benefitted various groups such as the Nashville Humane Association, ASPCA, Robertson County Animal Shelter, St. Judes Children's Hospital, American Cancer Society, Nashville Cares and the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center in Nashville. 

For additional information or to personally view Michael's work, please visit his studio by appointment at 631 Studio in Nashville. Private shows are welcomed; please contact him for more information.