The next major exhibition of Michael Whelan’s artwork will be at Tree’s Place Gallery in Orleans, Massachusetts from July 19-24th, with an opening reception taking place on Saturday from 5-7pm.
Established on Cape Cod in 1986, the gallery at Tree’s Place is billed as one of America’s Finest Contemporary Galleries.Continue Reading
With this painting I revisit themes developed in my “Passage” series, which featured heavily in my first couple of one-man shows at the Tree’s Place gallery. All of the Passage works use the dream-object of the lighted bubbles—symbols of spirit or unfettered consciousness—to convey the idea of movement from one state of mind to another, a transition to a more open and lighted place; a release.Continue Reading
This is one of a pair of paintings done as an experiment to see how readily my acrylic painting style would work in the egg tempera medium. Both paintings are compositions using the same symbolic elements: an egg, an ammonite fossil, and the leaf of a ginkgo tree.Continue Reading
This weekend Michael Whelan won his 30th Locus Award for Best Artist. Thanks to all the voters of Locus Magazine for such consistent support throughout the years. The Locus Awards often fall on Michael’s birthday so this has become quite a tradition.
Today happens to be Michael’s 64th. If you’d like to wish him a happy “Beatle” birthday, head on over to his Facebook page and join the fun.Continue Reading
Original art that Michael Whelan produced during the making of WORDS OF RADIANCE and THE WAY OF KINGS is now available in our shop. We will be adding many more concepts so make sure to check back!Continue Reading
Oon March 4, 2014, Brandon Sanderson released his sequel to The Way of Kings, second in The Stormlight Archive series. Words of Radiance is such a large book—in both page count and visibility—that Tor commissioned the cover as well as a second illustration for the endpapers of the hardcover edition.Continue Reading
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LUMEN 9 originated from an idea that I brought home with me from the hospital in May of the year 2000. When the idea came to me, the only thing I had to draw on was an advisory pamphlet for patients, so I used the back of it for a rough sketch of the composition. I carried the idea in my head for years afterwards and didn’t get around to executing the painting until ten years later.Continue Reading
In 1997, Michael Whelan held his first one-man fine art exhibition at Tree’s Place on Cape Cod. The success of that show—most pieces sold before the official opening—led Whelan to focus on gallery art and semi-retire from illustration.
While Whelan has exhibited paintings at galleries around the world, Tree’s Place in Orleans, MA has continued to be the main outlet for his gallery work for the last few decades.Continue Reading