Mountain Sun | Micah Parker
17" x 17.5"
A trip my wife and I took to Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park -- during which we climbed one of the peaks -- served as the inspiration for this piece. We finally reached the summit, only to be humbled by the grandeur of nature and the incredible vista before us. The sun lit up the valley, which was covered with brilliant, fall leaves in an almost magical display. A moving, almost spiritual experience, it reminded us of the fragility of life, how quickly time passes, and how important the here and now is. Hold fast to each other, and experience the world with open eyes.Mountain Sun 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, inspi
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