Jerry started Michael Birawer Paintings way back in 2002 when he, Michael and Michael's wife, Nikki, sat down and hatched the idea to make Michael's work accessible to everyone. With Jerry's long history in the Arts and Entertainment industry combined with a strong friendship, MBP turned into what you see today. Born and raised in Detroit, Jerry now lives in Seattle. While all the painting goes through Michael, as Business Manager, all business and day-to-day operations of MBP are run by Jerry.
Nationally-acclaimed artist, Michael Birawer, has brought a new look to the face of urban neighborhoods through his unique style of painting. A combination of graffiti, cartoon, illustration and heavy textures, his paintings have received praise from both art critics and patrons, who describe his work as "one of the best examples of the contemporary revival of urban art." Michael has sold over 170 original works depicting scenes of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, Portland, Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Calgary. Birawer was born, raised and currently lives in the Twin Cities.
In 2010 Diane & her husband Tom opened a much loved neighborhood gallery 'Alki Arts' in a temporary space on West Seattle's Alki Beach. Over the next 7 years Diane & her 'family' of local artists have inhabited 3 temporary gallery spaces and a few 'pop ups' showing & selling what she is best known for; 'local, affordable, original artwork by Seattle's professional working artists! In 2012 Jerry brought Michael's artwork to Alki Arts and that collaboration turned into a partnership that now leads us to our newly 're-branded' gallery. Now we get the best of Diane's curating & relationship skills, merged with the strength of a great team!
Yes - we ship! We have shipped both paintings and sculptures to the far points of the world. We are happy to provide timely crating & shipping services to get your artwork anywhere you need it.
See an artist you love but not that perfect piece? Many of our artists will accept commission requests. This way the artist will create an original piece of art just for you that will be the perfect size, color pallet, or subject matter that you're looking for.
We are not actively seeking new artists.