W.Michael Bingham

Bingham’s formal training began after four years with the U. S. Navy where he served as an Illustrator/Draftsman. He received his BFA degree from Wright State University in 1982. Bingham was diagnosed with a brain tumor while a senior in college but managed to graduate before having surgery to remove the tumor. His finely tuned eye to hand coordination was diminished as a result of the surgery and he did not paint for many years. No longer able to resist the urge to paint, he enrolled at Sinclair Community College for, what became his therapy. He later taught painting and drawing at Sinclair.

In 1999, Michael met his business partner, a former casting director at Disney. Encouraged by his new friends enthusiasm for his work, Bingham began painting while the two put together plans for an intimate piano bar and art gallery where Bingham could exhibit his own work. In July 2002, in just 3 years time, he had accrued enough work to supply Charley’s Web with 20 of the 31 pieces that graced the walls of the intimate little club gallery. Bingham’s work became part of collections of CEO’s in San Francisco, gallery owners in Dallas, Texas, and airline execs in Laguna Beach as well as many patrons in Dayton, Ohio. He has done many commissioned pieces and continues to accept commissioned work.

Bingham sold Charley’s Web and moved to Los Angeles in 2007, where his work has been exhibited in several galleries in LA’s trendy NoHo Arts District as well as Hollywood.

Artist Statement
I paint in oils. I use what I have learned through study and practice about applying this medium to empty canvasses. When I have satisfied myself creatively and technically, I present them to the world. When someone else “connects” with my work, finds meaning, or is otherwise moved, I know I have connected to a common unity, spiritually. The fact that any given piece touches or inspires another, in their own personal way IS the “meaning” behind my work...we connect. And for as long as it moves them, we remain connected. Then I paint again...and again...and again.