Three artists whom I admire more than most are Stanley Kubrick, Gustav Klimt and Michael Parkes. Art, like every other opinion about Life, Universes and Other Stuff is a personal opinion. Since I write a Blog, I express my personal opinions here. You may not agree with me, but you may also have affection for the work of these artists. “Wien”, (above) is a Stone Lithograph by Michael Parkes (born in 1944) is an American-born artist living in Spain who is best known for work in the areas of fantasy art and magic realism. (Visit the website for Michael Parkes here: http://www.theworldofmichaelparkes.com/cm/Home.html
“( Gustav Klimt) most definitely he has, along with the entire Viennese Secessionist movement, influenced my work. If my spirit is based in the Renaissance, my heart is based in the designs of the Viennese at the turn of the 19th century”. — Michael Parkes, 2013. Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) who was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement.
Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer and cinematographer.
( painting by Michael Parkes — “The Golden Serpent” )
“On Earth, the propaganda taught and agreed upon is that the gods are responsible, and that human beings are not responsible. You are taught that only a god can create universes. So, the responsibility for every action is assigned to another IS-BE or god. Never oneself.” ~ Alien interview
Michael Parkes is my favorite living artist. He renders images that I remember, dimly, from distantly past eons of my own existence as an Immortal Spiritual Being, and revivifies them in the present moment. These moments, for me, as nothing less than magical! The following video is an interview with Michael Parkes in his studio in Southern Spain wherein he discusses some of his painting processes and techniques. And, the “stillness” and harmony that permeate both his paintings and his personal life.
“As human beings, we limit our sense of perception to what is generally comfortable and present in everyday life. In limiting our perceptions to suit our individuality, we miss the vastness of other perceptions and the doors they represent. Though we have been conditioned to perceive nothing except our own world, this does not mean we cannot enter other realms.” – Michael Parkes
Michael Parkes — A Personal History of A Living Master
Parkes could draw even before he could read and write. He was an only child, raised in Canalou , Missouri , a typical American Midwest town in the fifties. He attended art school where he met the woman, artist and musician to whom he remains married more than three decades later, Maria Sedoff. Parkes taught college level Art History as the young couple made their way in the Vietnam era. Parkes has been a serious and lifelong student of spirituality and esoterica. Together in the 1970’s, Michael and Maria set off on a spiritual journey where they found excellent teachers and a lifelong passion for India . Returning to Spain soon after their only daughter was born, Michael and Maria worked together to form a financially stable venture in art, beginning with humbly making and selling leather belts to tourists to achieving the internationally prestigious recognition as a master that Parkes enjoys today. Parkes remains humble and as much like your favorite neighbor as the sage weaver of myth and dreams whom we know through his art. Ultimately forming a publishing company to independently represent his art work, Michael and Maria now live and work in Spain.
I consider Michael Parkes to be the greatest living American artist. I have the privilege of attending his annual exhibition at the Borsini-Burr Gallery near Half-Moon Bay, CA this coming week-end! Michaels’ 69th birthday will be celebrated as part of this show. You can learn more about the fantastic art of Michael Parkes on his official website http://www.theworldofmichaelparkes.com/cm/Home.html
Here is a short video of a similar show Michael presented at this gallery in 2012. Enjoy.