Michael Robert Pollard was born in Queens NY in 1970, raised in NYC, Tucson, Arizona and the San Francisco Bay Area. Pollard attended the San Francisco Art Institute and graduated in 1997 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. Pollard has resided in Chicago, IL in 2004. A good art and baseball town. Chicago Magazine (March 2019) calls Pollard’s delirious imagery inspired by comic books, Americana, and rock music a welcome deviation from the self-seriousness and pretentiousness of many contemporary exhibitions.
Pollard’s work has been shown across the United States. Partnering with Gallery Side Car, Ignition Projects, Free Range, Center for Contemporary Arts, Sacramento, Third Coast Comics, Roman Susan Foundation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Vuseuvios, South Side Suburban College, Mess Hall, Community College Of Rhode Island, and Sierra College and many others.
My work explores the intersections of my past and present. Fueled by a never-ending need to draw and create. Influenced by daily life, Americana, modern art, loud music, and comic books. Armed with paint, found objects, canvas, discarded materials, and recurring marks. I create a language and visual exploration reflecting my journey in today’s world.