Michael Underwood, Artist

Michael UnderwoodAward‑winning director/cinematographer Michael Underwood has been an international player in television, film, and photography for more than three decades. Celebrated for his striking visual compositions, he has built his reputation upon a unique artistry and aesthetic sense that reflect his expertise in a variety of media. The widely ranging styles that make up his body of work bear one defining hallmark: an ability to uncover a fresh and timeless vision for each new project he undertakes.

Michael’s background has uniquely prepared him for life as an artist. The son of a US Army Cold War tactician and a native Nuremberger, he grew up in Germany, attending international schools and speaking German and English. His childhood was one of travel and possibility, filled with ancient and evocative landscapes, inspiring and beautiful. Throughout his career, he has traveled even more extensively, accompanied always by his camera and an uncanny ability to spot the infinite in something as simple as one red tulip at dusk or a shimmering reflection in a rainy street.

Now, Michael brings his rich motion picture background and trained cinematographer’s eye to the world of fine art photography. His new art form is a novel, hybrid print delicately balanced between photography and painting with shrewdly focused placement and painterly lighting. Complex and profound, these extraordinary images transcend the bounds of expectation, simultaneously perplexing and pleasing viewers eager for the freshness of new experience.

Michael has contributed to:
Habitat for Humanity
Knox Area Rescue Ministries
The Animal enrichment fund for the Knoxville Zoo
STAR – Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding
Knoxville Opera Guild
Knox Heritage
Remote Area Medical Foundation
Tennessee Theatre’s Stars on Stage