Michael Parkes - Lithographs
Stone Lithograph 38.5" x 26.75"
Stone Lithograph 33.75" x 23" For humanity it is the perpetual grinding forward of linear time and karma that dictates our lives and lifetimes. Yet, the angel that stops time waits at any moment to give us freedom. Freedom not from death, because death is part of the chain of time, but freedom from ourselves. Most of us have had at least one small moment when time stopped and all was seen with exquisite clarity.
Stone Lithograph 24 x 33.5 inches
Stone Lithograph 16.75 x 25.25 inches
Stone Lithograph 22" x 17.25"
Stone Lithograph 23" x 35.5"
Stone Lithograph 29.5" x 21.5"
1994 Stone Lithograph 27.5" x 18.25"
Stone Lithograph 27.25" x 21.75"
Stone Lithograph 21.5 x 28 inches
1985 30.75" x 22.75"
Stone Lithograph 16.75 x 24.5 inches Set of 2 -"Chess Game" & "String Game" "If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life." -- Rachel Carson
Stone Lithograph 21 x 35 inches This is a light-hearted look at the daily trials and tribulations in the life of a court painter. There are many paintings of court painters throughout the ages trying to capture their royal subjects. My favorite one is the painting, Las Meninas, by Velázquez. It was also Picasso's favorite as he reinterpreted Velázquez's painting several times.
Stone Lithograph 26.75 x 36.25 inches Cleopatra's pet baboon, 'Olive', suddenly realizes what is happening to his beloved mistress and cries in anguish.
Stone Lithograph 28 x 39.75 inches
Stone Lithograph 28 x 40.5 inches In many ancient traditions the Divine creative force of the universe is both masculine and feminine. They worked together, but the principle of action was feminine with the masculine power standing behind and supporting Her. In my painting, Creation, She is creating mankind. This is the opposite of Michelangelo painting of the Creation depicting God as a bearded patriarch creating Adam. But why is She painting Adam as a clown?
Stone Lithograph 17.25 x 26.5 inches
Stone Lithograph 20.75 x 16.75 inches Dante met Beatrice in 1274 when they were both nine years old. Some say they only saw each other twice and never spoke. Others have described an encounter in her 21st year where they met on a bridge crossing the Arno and held a brief conversation.Beatrice died on June 8, 1290. In Vita Nuova, Dante describes her death as having "had lost the first delight of my soul."
Stone Lithograph 32.5 x 25 inches Mythology tells us that Danae was the sole daughter of Acrisius of Argos. An oracle had told Acrisius that one day Danae's son would kill him. So terrified was he by this prediction that he locked up his young daughter, Danae, in a tower. But Zeus had already seen her and was enamored with the beautiful maiden. By disguising himself as a shower of gold, he was able to enter her chamber several times. The drawing depicts Danae waiting for Zeus, her lover.
Deluxe Edition 30” x 43” From all the ancient books, he was only mentioned once. When the sins and sorrows of mankind became so great all the unicorns were taken from the earth because their purity could not stand the descent into chaos. Only one remained. He believed if he stayed he could help humanity absorb the pain around them. His pure white color slowly turned to black as he absorbed the sorrows of mankind. Even a comforting angel could not convince him to leave. The Dark Unicorn remains.
The Art of Stone Lithography
Michael Parkes is a living master of the stone lithograph process, which is an increasingly rare art form. In fact, a dying art. Michael’s ability to draw a firm line around his ideas is one of his greatest gifts – and absolutely essential for the demanding discipline of stone lithography. Parkes began in the early 1980’s making hand-pulled original stone lithographs, drawing them in the traditional manner directly onto the stone. He has always been attracted to the immediacy of stone lithography. The medium is very intolerant of mistakes. The artist needs to know exactly what he wants to do and exactly how to do it.
Parkes stone lithographs can use as many as 14 colors and traditionally that would mean 14 different stones, but over the years Parkes created a technique where he used two or three stones to produce the same results. The image for each new color is drawn on the stone and in doing so, the previous color-image is completely erased and irretrievable. One cannot backtrack for correcting or adding to a previous color already printed. It makes the process much faster but the safety net is gone. To many artists this is terrifying and they refer to it as the “suicide run.” To Parkes, it is a stimulating challenge that he loves to meet ---one of the reasons for his more than 30 year love affair with stone lithography.
All of Michael Parkes stone lithographs are done with his direct participation – he draws on the stones, hand checks each print, and signs only those that meet his very exacting standards. Because the printing process involves so much hand-work, each stone lithograph in an edition has slight differences from each other, and so they are individually numbered and one of a kind. Many experts consider hand-drawn limited edition stone lithograph prints to be original works of fine art.