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Michael Parkes






 

Michael Parkes

Michael Parkes (1944 – ) is an American-born magic realism artist specializing in fantasy painting, stone lithography and sculpture. Parkes' work is widely available in the form of popular poster prints in many print shops, and nine books of his artwork have been published.
Though he studied graphic art and painting at the University of Kansas, his unique style evolved in isolation, after a period in which he gave up the practice of art altogether and went to India in search of philosophical illumination. Born in 1944, he is considered one of hippie generation.

Early on, he painted in the generally abstract expressionist style common among his teachers, but after his pause for reflection he began to draw and paint in a meticulous style of detailed representation which enabled him to give full expression to his inner world of images.

The style was in principle realistic, the subject matter magical, and magic realism has characterised his work ever since.

He studied the esoteric doctrines of the East and the West, and his imagery is drawn from a range of wisdoms including the cabalistic and the tantric, but embodied in forms from his own imagination which are immediately accessible. Here strange beasts encounter mysterious winged women, good and evil fight out their immemorial conflict (though who can be perfectly sure which is which?), and in this weightless environment worlds are unmade and remade nearer to the heart's desire.

Even as a student Parkes was fascinated by various graphic processes, and in recent years he has become highly proficient in the difficult medium of the colour stone lithograph.



 


Ex Libris


 


Ex Libris


 


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Lotus Collector


 


The Summit


 


Summer and Winter



 


Eve


 

The Egg Collector


 


The Frog Collector


 


The Puppet Collector


 


The Seahorse Collector


 


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Indian Summer


 


The String Game


 


The Chess Game


 


Angel Dust


 


The Touch


 


Sky Meditation


 


The Letter


 


The Last Peony


 


Three Graces


 


Eternity


 


Lotus


 


The Hummingbird Collector


 


The Rose Collector


 


Winter


 


Spring


 


The Strawberry Collector


 


The Dragon Collector



 

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Jeanne d'Arc



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The Secret




The Last Lion




Oasis


 

Going Nowhere



Waiting



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Creating Eve




Persepolis




The Angel of August




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The Riddle




Summer Breeze





Educating Eve




Anubis




 


The Iris



 


The Peony

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