Michael Molly’s current paintings are based on his dynamic visual interpretation of his experience living in New York City. The work is composed of translucent layers of different elements or views of the City and it’s people. To further emphasize his interpretation, an abstraction is employed as the base layer upon which the remaining layers are painted. Molly’s current paintings stands on the shoulders of both the representational/abstract mix in his work of the late 1990s, and the round translucent layered paintings of 2002 through 2005.

In Michael Molly’s abstract works, he uses many translucent layers of spattered paint to explore energy.  The energy of various metaphysical transformations is conveyed in the themes of the seven 5’ round works painted in 2002. The abstractions painted in ‘03, ‘04 and ‘05, examine the energies of natural phenomena or Mother Nature.

The body of work completed in the late 1990s is representational (scenic), interwoven with abstraction.  These paintings express the artist’s perception of a subject’s underling nature and surrounding environment—such as moods, seasons, weather, light and time—and the emotional impact they create.


Michael Molly’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S., including the UCCS Gallery Colorado Springs, Colorado; Cranbury Station Gallery in Princeton, New Jersey; Gallery 323 in Palm Beach, Florida; the Genest Gallery in Lambertville, New Jersey; Lappin Paoli and Art Gotham Gallery in New York City.  In addition, Molly’s work is in corporate and public collections throughout the United States and abroad, including those of the New York City Fire Museum, Princeton University’s Tower Club, and Artbridge Ltd. In Yokohama, Japan.  In 2004 he had work shown in the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh as part of the State Departments Art in Embassies program. Articles about his paintings have been published in New York Newsday, the New Jersey Times, Art Matters  and Palm Beach Today.