“When I was 8 years old, an ice storm came during the night and destroyed my favorite climbing tree by ripping it in half. When I awoke that morning I already knew it was gone. I had dreamed that night that I was flying over it during the storm and watched it happen. I had had many flying dreams before this but now I knew that some of them must be real. That’s when I began the study of flying… dream flying.” – Michael Parkes
Discover unknown and familiar forms of art at the Marcus Ashley Gallery. This brick-and-mortar space has been in business for over 18 years. In that time, the patrons have curated collections by more than 40 artists. A part of their growing repertoire of work includes Michael Parkes art. The artist is best known for his provocative work that challenges the laws of time and reality.
The artist recounts a poignant memory from his childhood that made him explore the subject of dream flying. While actual studies on this are mostly unexplored or based entirely on theories, the artist believes lucid flying is real. He demonstrates his fascination for the subject in Study of Flight by painting a woman lost between the pages of a book. She sits on a pile of books, symbolic of Parkes’s thirst for knowledge on dream flying.
Study of Flight reveals how young minds develop a passion for learning when faced with new and exciting experiences. The artist shares his love for learning and self-discovery, which have proved to be invaluable crutches for his work.