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As purveyors of the art world, the patrons of the Marcus Ashley Gallery honor and celebrate the work of emerging and established artists. It’s how visitors get to view and appreciate an eclectic array of collections inspired by brilliant minds. Contemporary, abstract, surrealism, and avant-garde fans will enjoy the gallery’s spectacular oeuvre, including Michael Parkes art. The artist touches upon complex yet relatable themes that carry a universal appeal.

The artist sketches this litho print as an homage to the ballet performance entitled  Petrushka (a story of three puppets who experience love and jealousy). Petrushka was first performed on stage at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 1911 and involved four characters—Petrushka, a Ballerina, a Moor, and a Charlatan.

Parkes portrays a dramatic version of the character in the titular role. In Petrouchka, you can see the Charlatan reaching out for the puppet, bringing him to life. As part of the story, the puppet professes his love for the Ballerina, but she rejects him. After engaging in a deadly duel with the Moor (who she loves instead), he sadly meets his end.

The artist uses gradual vintage hues, clean lines, and a steady hand to create a mesmerizing composition of balance. Parkes deftly sketches the puppet’s transition from life to death as a doomed conscious being. As tragic as the circumstances in Petrouchka, this piece captures the power and reality of human emotions.