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Michael Skalka would know about brushes, as he manages a collection of several hundred, has researched art materials for years, works with many art material manufacturers and conservators and paints in his spare time. Michael is the Conservation Administrator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., working in the art industry for more than 25 years. With his own background in art history and museum studies, Michael pursued gallery work out of graduate school and found his interest in art materials piqued with the contacts he has made in the industry. Getting to know conservators, manufacturers and material experts at NAMTA, ASTM and conservation seminars has not only given Michael expertise in art materials but also enhanced his own painting.
|Eastport at Sunset|
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|Big Sur, California|
Currently, Michael writes the Technical Q&A for American Artist Magazine and his own blog on pigments and color. He also manages the Modern Art Materials Collection at the National Gallery of Art, heads up ASTM Do1.57 for Artist Materials and works full time as the National Gallery's conservation administrator. To keep up with Michael's painting and material research, you can find his blog at: grammarofcolor.blogspot.com
FM Brush, the parent of Dynasty Brush, has donated a large selection of their highest quality brushes, the Black Gold line, to the Modern Art Materials Collection. These brushes will be cataloged and archived with the National Gallery for conservators, researchers and scientists.
For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.