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Michael Parkes - Magic Realist

Michael Parkes occupies a unique niche in the fine art world. Highly respected by artists as a fine technician, and well-loved by collectors for his beautifully portrayed imaginative subjects, Parkes is an artist with an impeccable reputation.

To view the work of this acclaimed painter, sculptor and stone lithographer is to enter a meditative state, not of torpor but of heightened appreciation a state of unmistakable marvel. Although Parkes scenes play out in a fantastic universe where the laws of ordinary space and time are transcended, meticulous care is given to depicting the inhabitants, whether angels, dwarves or heraldic beasts. Even the monsters are beautiful and have dreams and disappointments of their own.

Michael Parkes was born in Missouri in 1944. He studied art at the University of Kansas at Lawrence and upon graduation was hired as a lecturer in graphic arts. His early work was primarily in the Abstract Expressionist style. Parkes taught for four years at Kent State in Ohio and the University of Florida.

In 1970 he set off with his new wife, Maria, and $800 in savings. They traveled widely in Europe, then flew to India, Nepal and Pakistan. This was no sightseeing trip the artist was educating himself in the philosophy, mythology and mystical imagery of many cultures, developing a foundation for what would later become the vocabulary of his magical style.

This style has sometimes been characterized as Magic Realism, wherein a sharply etched realism of depiction combines with fantastic, dream-like subject matter. Many of Michael Parkes' works were created as original stone lithographs, a uniquely appropriate medium to set forth his ephemeral dream worlds. In this demanding medium, successive layers of the original image are drawn directly on a 100-year-old Bavarian limestone lithography slab, than printed to paper on a vintage 1906 Heidelberg press. The original is created as the printing process progresses. Uncontrollable elements, errors and ghosts are constantly arising with their own suggestions of directions the artist has never imagined before but must incorporate.

Due to the retirement of Michael's long-time lithographers, he will no longer be creating stone lithographs. The few remaining works are going quickly. Browse the complete selection here.

Parkes Update: New Giclee Editions on Vellum! Michael has long used vellum for drawings and sketches, now he has partnered with a fine art printer to create limited editions on this lovely, translucent art paper.

Scroll down to the New Releases category to view the new titles. Pre-publication pricing available on all new titles for a limited time. With very small edition sizes and exceptional collector appeal, these editions are sure to become legendary and rare Parkes treasures.

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New Releases

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Butterfly Effect
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Fallen Angel
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Last Lion, The (Canvas)
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The Centaur
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Stone Lithograph

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A Gift for the Disillusioned Man
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Aditi
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An Angels Touch
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Angel Experiment
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Angel of Hidden Things, The
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Angel That Stops Time
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Anubis
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Ballet Mistress
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Beatrice Alone
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Beyond the Night
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Broken Promises
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Chess Game
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Cleopatra
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Concerti Vivaldi
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Court Painter, The
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Creating Eve
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Creation, The
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Dante and Beatrice
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Dark Sphinx
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Designing the Sphinx
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Diamond Warrior
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Dusk
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Egg Collector, The
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Frog Collector, The
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Garden, The
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Gift of Wonder
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Going Nowhere
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Golden Salamander, The
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Jeanne D Arc
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Key, The
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L Apres-Midi D Un Faune
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Last Circus
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Little General, The
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Mask, The
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Mayan Spring
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Moon Harp
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Morning
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Music Master
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Nectar
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Night and Day
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Oasis
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Pale Swan
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Persepolis
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Petrouchka 87
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Promise, The
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Puppet Collector, The
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Rain
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Rainbow Sphinx
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Returning the Sphere
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Riddle, The
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Running the Bath
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Sacred Fire l & ll
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Savitri
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Seahorse Collector, The
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Sleeping Swan
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Stalking
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String Game
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Summer
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Summer Memories
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Summer Swans
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Surrender to the Light
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The Sculptor
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The Sphinx
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Waiting
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Watching Time
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Wien
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Limited Editions

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Angel of August (Vellum)
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Angel Study
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Black Orchid
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Black Panther White Wings
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Butterfly Moon
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Conquering Daemons
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Dancing with an Angel
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Dancing with an Angel
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Dark Unicorn
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Descending (Giclee)
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Diamond Warrior (Canvas)
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Ex Libris
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Fearless (Canvas)
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Five Cheetahs (Canvas)
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Gargoyles
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Goddess of the Hunt
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Gold Angel
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Golden Lotus
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Golden Salamander (Canvas)
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Hope
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Last Lion
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Lions Return (Canvas)
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Lions Song
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Mermaid
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Moon Thief (Canvas)
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Moonstruck
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Morning Light (Canvas)
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Morning Song (Canvas)
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Night Flight (Canvas)
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Nightfall (Canvas)
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Primavera
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Quetzal
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Reflections & First Embrace (Set)
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Royal Cheetah
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Source, The (Canvas)
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Summer Storm
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Swan Lake (Canvas)
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The Rose
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Traveling Circus
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Tuesdays Child (Canvas)
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Venus (Canvas)
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Winds of Change
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Sculpture

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Angel (Bronze)
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Angel Affair (Bas-relief)
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Angel Affair (Bronze)
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Bella (Bronze)
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Black Panther White Wings (Bronze)
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Descending (Bronze)
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Ex Libris (Bronze)
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Gift for the Disillusioned Man (Bronze)
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Goddess of the Hunt (Bronze)
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Guardian, The (Bronze)
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Isabelle and Bella (Life Size)
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Last Lion (Bronze)
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Last Peony (Bronze)
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Last Peony (Custom Patina)
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Letter, The (Bronze)
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Letter, The (Custom Patina)
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Magic Spring (Bronze)
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Meditation (1/3 Life Size)
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Meditation (Half Life)
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Morning Light
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Sacred Fire (Bronze)
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Startled Sky Nymph (Bronze)
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Summer Storm (Bronze)
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The Muse
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The Rose (1/2 Life Size)
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The Rose (Bronze)
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Tuesdays Child (Bronze)
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Unwinding (Bronze)
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Venus (Bronze)
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Books

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The Art of Michael Parkes II
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The Art of Michael Parkes II Magic Spring Deluxe Edition
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The Art of Michael Parkes II Moons Deluxe Edition
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