Special Projects

Michael Lownie, paintings and mixed media

2011 entry for the 7th Annual Artist & Celebrity Birdhouse Auction:

October 15, 2011,   5-8pm
North Main Gallery
4 N. Main St,  Southampton,  NY   tickets and info: (631) 726 8715
Honorary Chairs:  Renee Zellweger, Betsey Johnson & Karyn Mannix

Title:  “Eggsistentialism”
Mixed media with globe parts, 15″ x 13″ x 12″,  2011



.Hearts in SF; project to raise funds for general hospital’s fund-

"Always Hope"
and here’s a gorgeous shot of the installed Heart (Stockton & Geary St.) by David Yu:

Sunrise on "Always Hope" by photographer David Yu

Sunrise on "Always Hope" by photographer David Yu

The Heart will be on the corner of Union Square (Geary @ Stockton st) through September 2009.  Then it will go to it’s sponsor Intel’s world headquarters lobby in Santa Clara CA.

Annual Art Birdhouse Auction
It has been my pleasure to be involved with the South Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Annual Art Birdhouse Auction, founder; Karyn Mannix of East Hampton, NY.

2009  5th Annual Birdhouse Auction:

The Hummingbirdman of Alcatraz   2009

The Hummingbirdman of Alcatraz 2009

figure: The Hummingbirdman of Alcatraz

...and figure close-up


Bodega Bay Blues

Bodega Bay Blues

bodega bay blues 2007,  close-up

bodega bay blues 2007, close-up


"Nude Descending a Birdhouse"; an homage to Marcel Duchamp's groundbreaking "Nude". 2007

(Can you tell how much fun I’m having with these?!)

Titmouse Guggenhouse, 2005
Here is “Titmouse Guggenhouse”, 2005…a mixed media “birdhouse” influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s NY Guggenheim Museum.
(purchased by René Zellwegger.)

Hurdy Gurdy Birdy Hut, 2006
And here: “Hurdy Gurdy Birdy Hut”, 2006, a mixed media “birdhouse” influenced by the architecture of Frank Gehry…with the addition of a “hall of mirrors” upstairs!
(Purchased by Laura Christophersen)

Breast health birdhouse auction

Venus Ascending birdhouse for 2010

Another wonderful project was the San Francisco Library’s “Reversing Vandalism” Exhibition of books that were vandalized by some nut, mostly attacking the Gay & Women’s Issues departments. The guy was finally caught, though, he had ruined hundreds of books.

This was my effort to give this particular book new Life:


“Mixed Messages”, 2004


The Sweetest thing…

I had sent out “paint by number” Holiday cards last year and what a wonderful surprise to get this emailed back to me, painted in by Rhonda!

Winter Wonderland
“Winter Wonderland”,

Thanks to Rhonda, Darrell & Astrud (& now MARGOT, 2008!), my friends in Marion OH.