Michael Parkes 介紹：
Michael Parkes ，美國魔幻畫家先驅，1944年出生，曾於kansas大學學習圖形藝術及繪畫，期間由於其獨特畫風使他非常孤立於外界，之後他放棄與同友一同作畫練習，走向印度尋找哲學的靈感和啟發。而他是熱衷於嬉皮士的一代。早期他追隨導師學習，收抽像畫派影響，其後淺淺轉變以精細，細緻畫風表達其內心世界。Michael 開始用一種幻想的手法表達世間的現實，亦漸漸充實著他的作品。
Michael Parkes是一位享有盛名的石版畫藝術家， 奇幻風格與用色，讓人一眼就可以認出是他的作品。在歐美眾多版畫家中， Parkes 的用色算是相當特別，不僅雅致，整體配色協調令人覺得無比舒暢， 和歐美流行的強烈濃重的色彩， 無怪乎 Parkes 的作品相當受到東方人的喜愛。
世上總有太多科幻插畫大師，而我則從Michael parkes的畫風中透露出一絲澄澈。退一步減去科幻濃烈的色彩，武器裝甲，黑色金屬，力量，沉澱下來帶有超現實而簡潔的作品。Michael Parkes 作品帶有荒唐的古典色彩，淡彩的顏色來得恰到好處。
Michael Parkes is the world』s leading magical realist painter, sculptor, and stone lithographer. His decades of success as a fine artist stand out in the art world, where fewer than 1% of artists ever achieve success in both primary and secondary art markets. Parkes』 works are collected by celebrities, private collectors, and galleries internationally. Parkes continues to create new works, all of which are widely sought after.
Place in Art History
John Russell Taylor, art critic for the London Times and contributor to The New York Times, says: 「With Parkes we may be reminded, now of some Victorian, now of Botticelli, now of Tiepolo, now (though much more infrequently) of Goya. But all of these, though Parkes has undoubtedly observed them, have been absorbed into an entirely modern sensibility. If we were looking for a twentieth-century stalking horse, we might well look to Surrealists like Dali and Magritte.」
「There is one important distinction. In Surrealism, there is always a sense of stress and [the] blues beneath the smooth surface. Maybe there was a touch of that in Parkes at the beginning of his latest phase: the clowns and dwarfs could seem threatening, not all the animals had their claws safely sheathed. But Parkes always seemed to be hankering after calm and tranquility, and in his latest works he has achieved it.」