Varnish Fine Art Presents
Michael Page: The Turning Time
March 4 – April 12, 2008
Opening Reception Thursday March 6, 6-9pm
The Turning Time revolves to reveal new work by Michael Page at Varnish
Michael Page returns to Varnish with a new series of oil paintings titled The Turning Time. Borrowing from classic allusions of good and evil, death, warriors from another land, mythological creatures and characters of the artist’s invention, Page begins every collection with a concept derived from the world today. He infuses each of his works with both serious issues and humor, beginning with a specific idea, but also allowing for a balancing depth of viewer input into the source and intervening details of the drama.
The Turning Time series centers on a boy who receives power at an early age, then goes on to abuse it. This concept/character becomes one with an intruding evil force, breaking into the realm of goodness in the painting Darkness in a Happy World. Here we also find Page’s Dorian Gray-esque innovation of aging selected key figures across the series of paintings. The boy is now a determined older man with an ossified heart who overshadows even Satan. Portraying how greed and power affect us all seeps forth from the original concept of this series as seen in the The Hair Taker where young girls attempt to escape their fate as a creature out of mythology harvests their hair for his magnificent coat. The Turning Time culminates in an ultimate battle between the happy and the dark in The Last of the Giving Trees. Here Page reveals a glimpse of a war that wages between key figures for unknown spoils and an uncertain victor.
*Varnish is a 21+ only venue. No babies or children allowed.
Varnish Fine Art
77 Natoma St. @ 2nd
San Francisco CA 94105
Added by varnish on February 21, 2008