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artist Michael Parkes

  • Illustrations and paintings of fantasy art, magic realist art by the artist Michael Parkes.
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  • All Images © 1975-2007 Michael Parkes®. World Rights Reserved. In addition, Michael Parkes®, The World of Michael Parkes®, and Swan King Editions® are registered trademarks belonging to the artist.
  • Visit his official site at The World of Michael Parkes.
  • The e-mail address of his publishers is Swan King Editions.
  • The biography of Michael Parkes is available below.
  • Samples of his artwork are displayed below. Click on thumbnail to get a larger image.

Biography of Michael Parkes

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.

IMPORTANT - This biography of Michael Parkes was borrowed from the excellent website Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Virtual Fantasy Art Gallery - Samples of artworks from Michael Parkes
ma_Parkes_Angel_experiment ma_Parkes_Ballet_mistress ma_Parkes_Beatrice ma_Parkes_Broken_Promises ma_Parkes_Concerti_Vivaldi ma_Parkes_Cover
ma_Parkes_Angel_... ma_Parkes_Ballet... ma_Parkes_Beatri... ma_Parkes_Broken... ma_Parkes_Concer... ma_Parkes_Cover.jpg
ma_Parkes_Dante ma_Parkes_Gift_of_wonder ma_Parkes_Last_circus ma_Parkes_Petrouchka ma_Parkes_Petrouchka87 ma_Parkes_Practice_ring
ma_Parkes_Dante.jpg ma_Parkes_Gift_o... ma_Parkes_Last_c... ma_Parkes_Petrou... ma_Parkes_Petrou... ma_Parkes_Practi...
ma_Parkes_Sacred_fireI ma_Parkes_Surrender_to_the_Light ma_Parkes_Swan_king ma_Parkes_That_daring_young_frog ma_Parkes_The_Promise
ma_Parkes_Sacred... ma_Parkes_Surren... ma_Parkes_Swan_k... ma_Parkes_That_d... ma_Parkes_The_Pr...


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