Fields of Gold | Micah Parker
||Fields of Gold
17" x 22.625"
I grew up with images like this. As a child in Ohio, there was a farm beside my house. When its crops matured, there would be fields of golden wheat, separated from the contrasting green soybean crops by the water from irrigation and the red soil. Marriage is represented figuratively by these contrasting colored fields: Individually, each may thrive, but when held together indefinitely by their source of life, they create something more beautiful, more complementary, and ultimately more life-sustaining, than each could alone. Fields of Gold is a part of the Expressions of Nature series, a celebration of the natural world?s incredible splendor as it is enhanced by memories from my childhood.I spend my summers in Maine, where I have the opportunity to work on new art as inspiration hits me. Although I grew up in Ohio, going to Maine -- and experiencing its fresh, salty air, the hardwoods, the soft grass, and the casual lifestyle -- evokes feelings of ?home? and stirs the childhood memories I created there. These emotions and memories, enveloped in the natural beauty of the North, inspired this series. I normally spend a lot of time on
While Micah Parker may be best known, in some circles, for his ketubah works, his full portfolio adds another dimension to a growing reputation ? that of an artist who displays a commanding grasp of numerous and far-flung styles.
His broad repertoire is inspired by the array of artistic styles he appreciates as a viewer: Claude Monet?s sun-dappled impressionism, Vincent van Gogh?s exaggerated reality, Henri Matisse?s vivid modernism, M.C. Escher?s tweaking of perceptions, Theodore Geisel?s whimsicality and Romero Britto?s pop culture-infused cubism.
These preferences manifest themselves in his work. Micah?s penchant for intricate, mathematics-based art is counterbalanced by the challenges (and relinquishing of ?control?) he enjoys during the creation of more expressionistic pieces. Pseudo-realism ? realistic textures and colors, even when the subject matter may not be real ? and fanciful interpretations of the everyday are also present, and his frequent use of Hebrew letters as symbolic, gra... read more