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Lumen 4 by Michael Whelanw

Lumen 4 by Michael Whelanw

LUMEN 4 (1997) by Michael Whelan
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Acrylic on Canvas - 48" X 36"
“Lumen” is a word with multiple meanings (ie: light, cavity, window) and all the paintings in this series deliberately make use of them. In each one there is a figure struggling to reach the light, seemingly trapped in a closed-in space by insurmountable obstacles. (snipped from website)
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This series of paintings are a particular favorite, as well as the Passage and Portals series.  These are particularly overt statements, but I don't mind the lack of subtlety.  I just enjoy the feeling I have when gazing on them - it immediately engenders a feeling of breaking away, freedom within grasp, hope and flight.  Also, though - struggle and courage and travail that is behind you.   It's a wonderful feeling.


The Big Question by Michael Whelan

The Big Question by Michael Whelan

Open by Michael Whelan

Open by Michael Whelan