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Michael Parkes - Sculptures

     
Angel Affair - one third size
Angel Affair - one third size

Lost Wax Cast Bronze 36"tall x 15"wide x 24"deep 95lbs In Michael's words - Years ago, while I was trapped in the Zurich airport during a huge snowstorm, I had a rather interesting experience. Because we could not get to hotels, my fellow travelers and I spent the night sleeping on the floor waiting for the storm to pass.. These were primarily business men from all over Europe trying to make their connections home or to their next meeting. cont...

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Angel Affair
Angel Affair

NEW RELEASE One Third Life Size Traditional Florentine Patina Bronze 36" T x 15" W x 24" D Available in Custom Patina or Traditional Edition Size: 120 Plus Proofs Weight: 95 Lbs I saw these exhausted men, most in suits, lying like fallen soldiers in some chrome and glass battlefield. As I fell into a troubled sleep, I dreamed that all of these tired business travelers were visited by their angels that held them and gently kissed away their despair and loneliness. cont...

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Angel Affair Base Relief
Angel Affair Base Relief

Gold Patina Bronze 12' x 17" Edition Size 120 But, like many innocent beginnings, one kiss led to another and the "Angel Affair" idea was born. As I awoke to the announcement that flights were beginning to move again, I swore I saw the last angel reluctantly leaving her companion. Only the pink soles of her feet were visible as she flew away. cont...

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Angel Affair Base Relief
Angel Affair Base Relief

Relief Silver Patina Bronze 12" x 17" Edition Size 120 She left a feather by her friend's side, but in his rush he didn't notice. So, without guilt, I kept it. I still have it to this day, although there are times when it becomes so transparent that I can only see its faint glow in a dark room. Was my angel there? Of course, but that is another story!

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rose play green
rose play green
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rose play red
rose play red
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embraceable you green
embraceable you green
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embraceableyou red
embraceableyou red
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Laughing Dragon Green
Laughing Dragon Green
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Laughing Dragon Red
Laughing Dragon Red
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Moonstruck
Moonstruck

Lost Wax Bronze 45" tall x 40" wide x 20" deep Edition of 12 New Release and Almost Sold out!

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Dark Unicorn
Dark Unicorn

24" x 28" x 6" Traditional Patina Select Link Below for Artist's Notes

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The Art of Sculpture

 

Michael uses the ancient technique of lost wax for all of his sculptures. See " lost wax " in wikipedia. From the beginning of the first sketches of a sculpture idea to the final, first cast piece, it can take up to 6 months of work. After doing many sketches of ideas, Michael will take the one that he likes the most and translate it into a three dimensional image in wax. Clay is used for the larger sculptures. Detail work on the wax pieces is done with a covering of harder wax that can be carved if necessary. All of the work, from the beginning of carving the wax to applying the finished patina is very labor and time intensive. Until recently, Michael worked in Tuscany, Italy, using the Marinelli foundry. Michael now works with Piero Mussi and Family at the world famous Art Works Foundry in Berkeley, California.