The dignity of the artist lies in his duty
of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.”
I have been interested in the imagery of fantasy since early childhood and all my artwork is, at its most fundamental level, about creating a “sense of wonder”. In my illustration, my primary concern has been to create a window into the themes and story elements of a particular book. My non-commissioned work is concerned with more personal themes.
Stylistically my art is best described as “Imaginative Realism”. Most closely allied to the scope and feeling of what is referred to as contemporary “Visionary Art”, my gallery art is intentionally imbued with a strong sense of the mystical or dreamlike, and is suffused with symbolic content. There is a deliberate attempt to invest the image with layers of meaning while having an immediate subjective or emotional impression.http://www.michaelwhelan.com/about/artist-statement/