by Michael Parkes

Stone Lithograph (2008) 

Regular Edition: 32" x 39"
Edition Size: 132

Deluxe Embellished Edition: 43" x 50"
Edition Size: 28

A Word from Michael Parkes about “Venus:” Venus is the Roman name for the Greek goddess, Aphrodite.  Generally, Venus is the goddess of love and sensuality. Venus represents the descent of divine feminine energy into the physical world. The waters of the sea can be seen as the tumultuous emotional body of humanity. She is the balance for the present distortion of aggression on earth. Her presence is of calm, knowing, patience, and love. Her tools are not the swords of the battle field but of beauty and harmony. I have used the flying figure before in my paintings. He represents the announcement of a major cosmic event. Here he is announcing a divine being, or consciousness, descending into a physical form to help the earth. The mask that Venus is holding is the mask of sorrow, confusion, and misery. Behind the mask, there is the promise of what this feminine energy brings. Take the symbolism for what it is. It is not important to understand or even agree with the symbols I use. What I do want is to offer my art to people to enjoy and enhance their lives with the beauty of color and light.

Venus is truly a spectacular work. The original painting sold for over $135,000 dollars last year in Europe and the piece was the featured piece in an international exhibition in Holland of magical realist works.  The exhibition was called "Venus and the Feminine Mystique."    .   

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