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Subterraneans by Michael Whelan

Subterraneans by Michael Whelan

SUBTERRANEANS (1992) by Michael Whelan
http://www.michaelwhelan.com

Acrylic on Canvas - 44" x 33"
The perspective is false. For some reason, whenever I tried to make the picture do what I wanted it to do via the conventional laws of perspective, it lost its focus, the feel of ascending immensity going on forever. So I discarded true perspective in order to paint it the way that felt right. (snipped from website)
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I love his words about this painting - because all illustrators can recognize this apology.  See, the difference between illustrators and fine artists is technical ability.  And Michael here knows he's breaking the "rules" so to speak and his apology on the very description of the painting is something that an illustrator has to mention.  

I find the amusing thing is that almost all people without drawing/draughtsmanship skills, would never notice the wonky perspective anyway.

He still manages to mention the meaning; its focus, the feel of ascending immensity going on forever :)

This painting reminds me inexplicably of the film 12 Monkeys 


Wide by Michael Whelan

Wide by Michael Whelan

The Gunslinger: The Waystation by Michael Whelan

The Gunslinger: The Waystation by Michael Whelan