Sky Jones (Michael Whipple) Figurative Print - "Lips" Limited Edition Hand-Signed Surrealist Lithograph by Michael Whipple
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Sky Jones (Michael Whipple)
"Lips" Limited Edition Hand-Signed Surrealist Lithograph by Michael Whipple

1980

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“Lips,” a Limited Edition and Hand-Signed Lithograph by Michael Whipple, The Master of Light and Reflection, is an exquisite example of his masterful work. With incredible artistry and vivid realism, this work of art possesses vibrant colors and exceptional detail, sparking fantasy and imagination in the viewer. This surrealist piece would make a great addition to any art collection and would work well in a variety of room styles making it a highly adaptable piece. Depending on your choice of frame, this can be the perfect fit in all kinds of room styles from a contemporary or modern room to a beach cottage or eclectic mix-styled home. Contact us today for custom framing options to best suit this celestial artwork to the style of your residential or commercial project. You can find other Michael Whipple works we are offering by visiting the "View All From Seller" button below. If you are looking to make a more significant investment in the artist's works, we often have a selection of his original paintings. You can find our offerings by clicking on the "View All From Seller" button below or you can contact us for a direct link. Artist: MICHAEL WHIPPLE Title: LIPS Medium & Surface: COLOR LITHOGRAPH ON PAPER (unframed) Signed/Numbered: HAND SIGNED & LABELED IN PEN BY ARTIST Number: ARTIST PROOF Year Created: ≈ 1980 Country of Creation: UNITED STATES Image Area Dimensions:* 16 x 21 INCHES *The border is not included in the image area dimensions. The 1stdibs “See this artwork in context” feature does not accurately depict the size of the work on the wall. It is larger, because the algorithm does not account for the borders not listed or any framing that you may add. Frame Dimensions:** UNFRAMED **This work of art is being sold unframed. Mock frame images have been provided in the image bank above to help you visualize the work after framing. Contact us for Custom Archival Framing options. Additional Info: THE CURRENT OWNERS ACQUIRED THIS WORK DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST AND HIS REPRESENTATIVES OVER 30 YEARS AGO. IT HAS NEVER BEEN FRAMED, SO THERE IS NO HINGING OR OTHER REMNANTS FROM FRAMING, WHICH IS RARE TO FIND. PLEASE NAVIGATE TO THE "VIEW ALL FROM SELLER" BUTTON BELOW TO CHECK OUT OTHER WHIPPLE WORKS IN OUR COLLECTION AND FILTER FOR THE ARTIST TO NARROW THE RESULTS. Artist Info/Bio: ARTIST BIOGRAPHY DOCUMENT IS INCLUDED Documentation: COPY OF ORIGINAL ARTICLE FEATURING ARTIST AND CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY BY CALIFORNIA FINE ART BROKERS ARE INCLUDED A piece for the true collector. We have had the pleasure of providing Whipple art to collectors and dealers for over three decades. We began working with Michael Whipple (Jones) in the early 1980’s when he was based in Los Angeles. The majority of Whipple works in our collection came directly from the artist. Michael Whipple is best known for his mastery of light and texture. William Lange during his tenure as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Fine Arts Trust Fund described Whipple as “the world’s greatest living artist working in the area of reflected light.” Artistic inspiration began at an early age for Michael Whipple. Born in 1947 and growing up during the reconstruction period just after the war, he became interested in painting, drawing, and sculpture. By the time he was five, he was working with wood and was adept at using a hammer, chisel, screwdriver, saber saw, electric drill, and rasp. “For Christmas and birthdays I would ask for wood, clay, art and construction materials. I could feel the magnet drawing me into a lifetime of creating art. The great fun had started,” said the artist with the same smile and enthusiasm of a young man. At the University of Utah, Whipple double majored in sculpture and painting and received his Bachelor’s degree in art from the university in 1971. He excelled at portrait and figure painting. Working under the direction of renowned sculptor, Angelo Caravaglio, famous portraitist Alvin Gittins, modernist painter V. Douglas Snow, and illusionist Anthony Smith, Whipple perfected his craft. In the mid-1970’s through the early 1980’s, Whipple was the go-to artist and illustrator for dozens of Hollywood movie posters including, “Star Trek I,” “Meteor,” “The Never-Ending Story, “ “Dressed To Kill,” “Walking the Line,” “The Joint,” “Octagon,” ”Heart Breaker,” and “Final Countdown.” His illustrations have appeared in over 80% of the magazines in the world. In 1984, Mohammed Ali asked Whipple to paint children of different races for his “Children’s Peace Journey” benefit. The large 9’x5’ foot painting was the backdrop for national television coverage. On Valentine’s Day that same year, Whipple had an art showing at the ARCO Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. The event drew record crowds and Whipple signed autographs for six straight hours. Eighteen thousand people saw the show of twelve 5’x9’ and four 9’x13’ paintings. Many waited in line over 2 ½ hours. At the end of 1984, Michael Whipple changed his name to Sky Jones. In 1997, he stopped signing Sky Jones, and in 2003, he started signing his art Siren Bliss. Today, the unassuming and reclusive artist’s original works are displayed coast to coast and in the collections of thousands of museums, charities, corporations, and private collections. Whipple’s persistence of principles and standards has placed his art and genius as a beacon in the service of humanity.

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    This work is in excellent condition consistent with age and process. It is sold unframed. Contact us for Custom Archival Framing options.
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 16 in. x W 21 in.H 40.64 cm x W 53.34 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU94533170311
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