THE DREAMING LANDS (2002) by Michael Whelan
Oil on Canvas - 20” X 30”
This painting is one of several works derived from my experiences at MSKCC in 2000.
That year I also read a couple of books which mentioned a feeling I have experienced at night during camping trips: lying in some huge quiet wilderness area, and imagining the overwhelming weight of the Earth at my back, as if I was actually lying in space and pressing against my back was the huge sphere of the earth with all its wonder, order, chaos and complexity. At the same time I also had a sense of being a part of it all, of sinking into and being one with the foundation of stone and rock which supports us all, the whole planet and everything on it.
This feeling came to me again while I was recovering in the hospital, with the sense that all the buildings and man-made constructs were transparent as mist, that the “bones of the land” (the rock and stone under everything) were the only things that were real and solid and supporting me.
BREAKING US IN TWO (2010) by Michael Whelan
Acrylic - 8” x 6”
Michael Whelan’s facility with texture is ridiculous. Consider the size of the piece and the detail of flaking paint over rusting, pitted metal and the viewer begins to understand the artist’s skill and obsession. The strip of masking tape adds to a tactile experience that transcends words.
This small painting began like most in the “Signs of the Times” subset, as a morning warmup exercise. Hard to believe it isn’t a photograph, but simply acrylic paint on smooth panel.
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PRUDENCE (1996) by Michael Whelan
Acrylic on Panel - 12” x 11”
The classical notion of Prudence is an important theme to me, as it was to the ancient Greeks: Possessing knowledge of the Past, and a desire and ability to order the Present so as to bring about a more ideal Future.