Michael LeVell (born 1964)
Using animals and the landscape as reference, Michael LeVell creates drawings and paintings that are flattened with simple large shapes. A versatile artist, he also produces intricately patterned drawings, architectural structures, and clay furniture. Born in 1964, LeVell has been diagnosed with autism and is deaf and legally blind. He is one of the original eight artists who helped found First Street Gallery Art Center in 1989. His work was included in the prestigious Outsider Art Fair in 1996 in New York City and in the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Celebration in Washington, D.C. in 1997. LeVell’s work was featured in the traveling exhibition “Barrier Free Art Summit,” which was viewed in post offices in Okinawa, Fukuka, and Miyazaki, Japan.