Michael Dailey

(American, born 1938, died 2009)

Michael Dailey (1938-2009) was an influential Seattle-based abstract artist and professor. In his own words, "I change and rework a painting over and over again until it feels right ... The image changes many times as the painting evolves and I quite literally don't know where I am going until I get there."

Born in Iowa, Dailey received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Iowa in 1960 and 1963. He served as Professor of Art at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1963 to 1998. His works are collected by many museums and public collections. These include the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and the Seattle Art Museum. The Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon exhibited a retrospective of his work in 2008.