Michael Page will have a new print available soon titled, “Follow” via 1xRUN. It is a 20″ x 24″ Giclee, signed/numbered edition of 40, and cost $75. 15 hand-embellished editions will also be available for $150.
On sale Tuesday, October 21st at 9am PDT HERE.
Michael Page has 2 new prints available titled, “One Step, One Flesh, One Breath” & “Winter Heat” via Virtu Art Gallery. Stunning prints. Both Giclee prints are available in regular (24″ x 26.5″, $250) and small (12″ x 13.5″, $75) size options, each size being signed/numbered editions of 20. On sale now HERE.
White Walls in San Francisco, CA is pleased to present Élan Vital, an accumulation of Michael Page’s new work into what is guaranteed to be an impressive solo show. The show has been much awaited since a 2011 solo show at Shooting Gallery, entitled Into Passing, where the artist created visual landscapes made stunning with ethereally blended colors and dreamlike scenes.
With a much larger space to utilize, Élan Vital will feature thirty paintings and six drawings, as well as an installation. The opening reception is Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through May 5, 2012.
Vital force, evolution, and the development of organisms is what Michael Page, San Francisco-based artist, has based this latest body of work on. With a healthy interest in new life, spirituality, and the infinite variations of consciousness, Michael paints dreamscapes of alternative realities. Through boundless shapes of thick brush strokes and effervescent colors, his paintings portray the Pneuma or spirit/soul that breathes in every living organism. Numerous influences surfaced for Michael going into the show; old masters of art, Greek and Nordic mythology, and specifically an eye-opening book by Dr. Rick Strassman entitled “The Spirit Molecule”. The book details the hallucinatory effects of massive quantities of Dimethyltryptamine or DMT, a molecule present in the pineal gland of humans and all other animals on the vast planet which we experience high levels of naturally only two times in our life- at birth and death.
While Michael’s last show portrayed life in a darker realm by exploring the individual’s existence through its inevitable demise, Élan Vital takes a different approach. Michael explains, “I again wanted to turn my pieces inward, but looking at the beginning of life, rather than the darker side of leaving life.” Throughout the thirty paintings and drawings, varying in sizes from twelve inches to six feet, are a representation of snap shots of consciousness, moments in time, and a meeting of one’s soul, painted by Michael’s abstract motions and free flowing lines.
As the show progressed over the last year of its creation, many other influences presented themselves seemingly from outside the dimension of consciousness. A particular piece exemplifies this portraying the transformation of Zeus into a swan to seduce Leda, the mother of Helen and Polydeuces. When further explored, these characters too were the basis of this “molecule” in the sense that they represent a spirit or higher consciousness presenting new life and parallel realities to grasp and hold.