“The most challenging subjects for a sculpture are ones that have broad, esoteric, or cosmological themes. The power of the new moon and the beauty of the earth bathed in moonlight are very difficult subjects to portray in a painting, much less a sculpture. In Moonstruck, the sleeping angel represents the dappled calm of the night sky. She holds a shining moon in her hand while the North Star shimmers under her wing.” – Michael Parkes
The Marcus Ashley Gallery is a premier location to view and buy contemporary, abstract, surrealism, and magic realism art. Located in Lake Tahoe, the establishment is the fruit of a mutual love for the Sierra Nevada and art. The patrons proudly curate the work of local, national, and international artists. Their formidable collection includes the spellbinding Michael Parkes art.
Moonstruck brings the artist’s vivid and imaginative interpretation to life, showcasing cosmic beings at peace in their natural habitat. In this sculpture, an angel cradles a crescent moon in one hand as she slumbers. Parkes relies on vivid, dreamy patinas to draw attention to the purity and beauty of this sculpture.
The artist uses detailed molding and carving techniques to magnify the angel’s breathtaking features and pose. Moonstruck is the perfect example of Parkes’s unwavering ability to transmute his imaginative characters into tangible objects.