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Michelle Avery Konczyk


Local artist Michelle Avery Konczyk (aka Velvet Mush) explores the beauty of the macabre through tightly rendered, naturalistic paintings. Working primarily in watercolor, Konczyk employs bold black backgrounds that contrast with the lightness of her medium to achieve a beautiful sense of volume, a chiaroscuro effect she enhances by mounting her paintings onto elegantly cut wood panels, into found objects, and boxes. Her work is dark, romantic, psychological, and often incorporates vaguely autobiographical elements through nuanced layers of meaning. 


A self-taught painter and poet, Konczyk has been showing with Arch Enemy Arts since 2017. She has presented two solo features, one collaborative exhibition, and her work appears in multiple group exhibitions with the gallery each year.


  • 'FROM WITHIN OURSELVES WE SEE' (dual exhibition • Dec. 2020)

  • 'LES FLEURS' (June 2018)

  • 'O'NIGHT' (September 2017)

Catalog of works. 

Below is a list of all works from solo and group exhibitions. Any pieces marked with a red dot have been sold. 

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