That being said, Parkes continues to create new works, all of which are widely sought after. His work evokes a mysterious atmosphere, which can often only be deciphered with the help of ancient mythology and eastern philosophy. Parkes' lithographs can use as many as twelve different colours, and so twelve different printings. To make the doctrine come alive in such a way that it draws people all over the world in admiration. His work urges us to comprehend instead of just enjoy because part of the enjoyment comes from the understanding of his work. A child of the hippie generation, he realized, at the age of 24, he needed to see the world in order to be a complete artist.
This vibrant material is sure to provide experienced, new, and prospective collectors with a deep appreciation and understanding of why Parkes stone lithographs are fine art, and how they differ from other prints. He chooses hard wax instead of soft wax which would make the procedure more fast for the original forms because the fine details can be done only in hard wax. In 1975 Michael Parkes settled definitively in Spain where he engaged in the development of his artwork and where he still lives today. The artist is the constant creative element in the process, adapting, changing the image, reacting to problems as they arise, making artistic decisions every step of the way. What I do want is to offer my art to people to enjoy and enhance their lives with the beauty of colour and light.
Which makes you wonder, what world it is she lives in, why she is there and where she is going. As a student Parkes was fascinated by different graphic techniques. Bookseller: , Colorado, United States Amsterdam: Steltman Editions, 1991. Very nicely presented, with several pages of an interview with Parkes, followed by the presentation of his work and finally a section that goes through the process of creating a lithograph. The historical tradition of lithography seems especially clear to Parkes as he works on a stone that has witnessed the passing of time through the work of artists like Whistler, Toulouse Lautrec, Giacometti, Picasso or Wunderlich. Book is in fine condition in maroon cloth boards. What makes the lithographic process possible is the principle that oil and water do not mix.
This very labor and time intensive can take up to one month to finish one sculpture and therefore a very costly procedure, especially when the editions are as small as 12. When the bronze cools and becomes hard, the cement mould is carved off leaving a bronze sculpture. What is unusual about Michael Parkes is that in his images metaphysical and spiritual elements are joined into reality. Dust jacket is in fine condition, with light sunning to rear. When this model is finished, a silicone paste is sprayed on. He is a painter, a sculptor, and a stone lithographer.
Color and black and white reproduction. But if the stone is not properly prepared and etched the image is either etched away or starts to fill in with the ink after only a short time. Though we have been conditioned to perceive nothing except our own world, this does not mean we cannot enter other realms. Parkes shows the process from drawingon ancient stones, to ink techniques, and his collaboration with master lithographic printers in an intensive, hand creation process. And you realize that you can't answer those questions right away but that you do want to understand.
In appendice fotografie in nero dell'Artista al lavoro. It is really interesting to read, even if you are not familiar with Parkes work, which is 'classified' as imaginary realism. When the cement has hardened the whole form is heated so the soft wax model melts, leaving a hard cement mould. Michael Parkes is both a uniquely talented painter and master of the art of original stone lithography. But it is not immediately his craftsmanship that makes you want to look a second time and makes you wonder. Michael Parkes uses quite a different process for printing his work. The sculptures of Michael Parkes have a very dark brown patina called 'patino classico'.
The process starts with drawing the image on the stone by using a greasy lithographic pencil. In short, in Michael Parkes, the figurative art of our age has found a new, fascinating and extremely authentic exponent. After the basic design is drawn on the stone, the printer becomes involved. His ultimate goal was to turn his attention to creating art. Around this second wax model a special cement mixture is poured. When printed, the colours and designs are superimposed to complete the finished image.
Considers the work of American artist Michael Parkes b. Of course, his craftsmanship is undeniable; his meticulous style seems sheer drudgery; a monkey's fur coat, almost every hair distinct, a ribbon thrown carelessly in the air as if it were weightless. Condition is fine, only thing to comment on is the top of the dust jacket spine is very slightly crushed. Michael Parkes began making stone lithographs in the early eighties and regarded it as an extension of his drawing techniques. For anyone interested in or curious about stone lithography, the book will enlighten as it delights. Maroon cloth in original color illustrated dust jacket.