Monday, September 28, 2009

New Favourite Artist

I've discovered Michael Parkes...and I couldn't be happier.

This man captures everything I love about fantasy realism (oxymoron isn't it). All his art gorgeously depicts the human body but, more than that, human emotion - or above that, human dreams. Given that almost all of his characters seem non-human, his paintings show emotions and human character - anger, love, grace, imperfection, pensiveness, hope...and the list goes on.

Take one of my current favourites: Tuesday's Child. Not only because it shows a ballerina, which we all know I'm a sucker for, but because she is effortlessly carrying about her day while danger is nearby.

Most of his paintings depict human, animal, action and emotion with touches of symbolism - which can be interpreted one thousand ways.

"Diamond Warrior" is another fav. It looks so calming to me. Calming because she is protected and safe.

This one is called "Chess Game" and it looks like something out of a story book.
I could post images all day, but I encourage you to Google him and take a look for yourself.


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