Grand, spacious interiors and eclectic exhibits come together like melody and lyrics at the Marcus Ashley Gallery. The gallery serves as a fitting stage for the mesmerizing works of local and international artists. Visitors get to learn about and indulge in the world of art under one roof. Be sure to explore the Michael Parkes art collection—a divine oeuvre where magic, reality, and dreams coexist.
Parkes embraces the female form in many works that highlight a woman’s power, sexuality, and mystery. In Black Orchid, he paints a fantastical goddess-like figure with incredibly realistic features. Like the black orchid that symbolizes perfection, opulence, and beauty, the woman’s aura also carries these distinct qualities. Her headgear sports ravine-esque feathers and protruding horns that suggest she is a woman of authority.
A bird in the backdrop hastens to adjust the woman’s costume to make her look flawless to her subjects. Parkes’s attention to detail is a breath of fresh air. From the woman’s red hair and Grecian nose to her natural pout and porcelain skin, every detail is captured perfectly, with the artist using skilled brushwork to animate his subject. As a classic magic realism painting, Black Orchid will inject any room with powerful aesthetics.
Print that is signed and numbered by the artist.
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