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Win A Drawing Contest

To celebrate the new article that is just now being released in the Arabella Magazine we have decided to make more people aware of Michael’s Facebook page and his “Daily Drawing” which he tries to post everyday. The more things you do with this contest – the more entries you will have. You can even go viral and share a link that will give you extra entries. There will also be drawings to choose from if you are the lucky winner. The drawings will be loaded on this page along with the details of each. The contest starts with 3 winners – however we will increase the number of drawings and winners for every 500 entries over 1500 up to 10 lucky winners. Make sure that you enter this Drawing Contest.

I have uploaded 20 drawing to this page. If you see something you like (there is only one available of each) and can’t bear to let someone else have it then by all means go ahead and purchase it. (each one has it’s own paypal button) If you are a lucky winner – then you will have your funds returned to you at the end of the contest or you can choose another to add to your collection. All of the funds that are raised through this promotion will used directly for molding and bronzing Michael’s ceramic sculptures.

Mobile Users can use the widget in the side bar to enter the Drawing Contest.

All drawings are 8 x 11 inches or 11 x 8 inches and from Michael’s daily Facebook posts of 20015. They are cataloged and entered into his inventory. Each drawing is sold with a certificate of authenticity and placed in a cellophane pouch for protection. These are unframed and un-matted. Drawings are shipped Canada Post expedited parcel with tracking and insurance for a flat rate of 15.00. All Drawings are 425.00 CAD and include taxes. You can purchase any of these drawings by clicking HERE. If they have sold they will be removed from this list and another will be added. You can enter the contest below the media gallery.

Michael Hermesh Mixed Media Drawings:

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Michael Hermesh Drawings

The Persistence of Nature – Michael Hermesh

This is a new painting by Michael Hermesh titled “The Persistence of Nature”.  We have included quite a few detail shots with this work because it has a lot of detail within it. There are many narratives happening all at once that combine to make the whole of what Michael Hermesh is trying to say with this work. It is an acrylic mixed media painting that uses gesso and graphite for some of the details. There are many layers of glaze on this work. It measures 37.75 inches by 15.75 inches and is framed to in a natural wood finish frame to 39 inches by 17 inches. SOLD

Available at the Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2
phone: 604.732.5353 toll free: 1.888.732.5353


In some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems,
there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge. That was the highest and most mendacious minute of “world history”—yet only a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die.

One might invent such a fable and still not have illustrated sufficiently how wretched, how shadowy and flighty, how aimless and arbitrary, the human intellect appears in nature. There have been eternities when it did not exist; and when it is done for again, nothing will have happened.

Frederich Nietzsche

Happiness is dependent on meaning. Neither meaning or happiness are dependent on circumstance.
As the world changes – what keeps us together is not the persistent remnants of circumstance but the transcendency of meaning.

Right now the most powerful things we can do is to fight to protect the environment and to protect the commons. Our greatest enemy is nihilism.

(The significance contained in my art comes about in a largely spontaneous way.  I am a poor illustrator of bumper sticker slogans. I would consider that a post modern trait.  I am a fan of the mad visionary school.)

Michael Hermesh

Michael Hermesh ~ Terroir: Physically Speaking – Opens March 22, 2013

Terroir: Physically Speaking

March 22 to May 12, 2013  at the

Penticton Art Gallery

 199 Marina Way,
 Penticton, BC V2A 1H3
 Phone: 250.493.2928

This is a group show that includes Stephan Bircher, Rose Braun, Michael Hermesh, Wanda Lock, Shauna Oddleifson, and Johann Wessels

 This show will featured some New Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings by Michael Hermesh


Artist’s Statement

“Physically Speaking” is what figurative art is all about. A huge part of what we know about people is derived from their physical demeanor. Anatomy is psychology, psychology is spirit. My underlying exploration in art is creativity. Without creativity I do not believe the word spirit has any meaning at all. Creativity is a word who’s definition I am hung up on. What creativity is not; is the ability to combine disconnected ideas yielding something new, or random flamboyance, or loud incompetence,  or madness. Creation is an act of magic. The production of something that did not exist before – much like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

The idea of creativity is a revolt against a mechanistic universe. Something happens in an act of creation that is not cause and effect. That’s the whole point. To “Create” according to Marion Webster  – is to bring into existence. As the macro – so the micro, who created the creator? Without creativity, concepts that would be rendered meaningless are not hard to find. for example; personal responsibility, philosophical meaning, or the idea that art as anything other than a bumper sticker for a meme  Creativity is a beauty that shines through everything. It is the “Higgs Boson” of the spirit. Creative spirit, and the body are as beautiful as they are mystical.

Michael Hermesh

Exhibition Tour ~ 1 PM Saturday March 23

Michael Hermesh Artist Talk ~ Wednesday March 27th, 2012 ~ 2 PM

Show runs through till May 12, 2012

 Artist Talk (Meet the Artist): Wednesday, March 27th @ 2pm

Flight School for Existentialists – Michael Hermesh

Flight School for Existentialists

This is one of the five brand new works that will be going into the Penticton Art Gallery for the group show called Terroir: Physically Speaking. It is  ceramic sculpture that is about 14 inches tall by 13.75 inches wide and 5 inches deep and is titled “Flight for Existentialists”. The theme is also brought out in the two main materials used, with the ephemera of the feather material  juxtaposed against solidity and weight of the ceramic and the distortion of scale in the weight being given to the lower extremities and the opposite to the upper torso.

 There is a consistent theme in my work in that much of my sculpture concerns itself with the dichotomy of weight and flight. It is a  kind of Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, Icarus dilemma. It is a universal concern and we face it alone. We also experience it in the context of the shared stories that are our identities.

Michael Hermesh

Terroir: Physically Speaking

Opening March 22, 2013 7pm at the

Penticton Art Gallery

 199 Marina Way,
 Penticton, BC V2A 1H3
 Phone: 250.493.2928

This is a group show that includes Stephan BircherRose BraunMichael HermeshWanda LockShauna Oddleifson, and Johann Wessels

 This show will feature some New Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings by Michael Hermesh

This Sculpture is now available at the

Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver BC





Please direct all sales inquiries for these works to Petley Jones Gallery.

The Undeniable Bravery of Your Average Balloonist – Michael Hermesh

The Undeniable Bravery of Your Average Balloonist by Michael Hermesh

This fabulous figurative mixed media sculpture by Michael Hermesh is 35 inches tall by eight inches wide and deep. The balloon adds still more height on its piano wire perch. Almost a mobile because the Balloon will move as you walk by or stir the air around it this work is available in a bronze version as well as the ceramic original. The ceramic original has a steel armature in the arm in order to support the balloon. The bronze version has a much more complex base.

Ceramic Version:

SOLD at The Avenue Gallery in Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC


Bronze Version:

Available at The White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC

The balloonist stands on a towering precipice ready to fall or take flight. This is a jumping off point, the leap of faith that is creativity. The visual language that is used here is a tower. In other pieces I have used a diving board with similar intent. The opposite of these visual symbols would be a bridge – where a person uses it to change his location or circumstance with a predetermined outcome. While Religions tend to prefer the imagery of bridges, I believe that artists like diving boards.

An argument could be made that creativity is the most frightening of all activities because the outcome is always a mystery. At the same time creativity is an integral part of a sane life. The unexpectedness and non-linearity of creativity makes us fools. That’s a good thing.

Michael Hermesh

The Connoisseur, The Line Up and The Flaw – Drawings – Michael Hermesh

These are three larger drawings by Michael Hermesh that will be available in his upcoming show There Are No Secrets. The Connoisseur is part of his “Candy Cane Centaur” Series and is 17 inches tall by 14 inches wide. It will be framed to 24 x 20 inches.  The Line Up is slightly smaller at 17 inches tall by 13 inches wide and framed to 24 x 20 inches. The Flaw is slightly smaller 14 by 11 inches and will be framed to 20 by 16 inches.

 intent pressumes consciousness

Michael Hermesh

The Flaw – Mixed Media Drawing – 14 x 11 inches,

The Connoisseur – Mixed Media Drawing – 17 x 14 inches,

The Line Up – Mixed Media Drawing – 17 x 13 inches, by Michael Hermesh

There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |

Snakes and Angels – Michael Hermesh

Snakes and Angels by Michael Hermesh

Diptych Mixed Media on Board
19.5 x 48 inches and 19.5 x 10 inches

This mixed media acrylic on board painting by Michael Hermesh depicts row of male entities standing with their legs wide apart. There is no indication of why they are standing in this pose but there is a separation between them and the next panel. In that separation we see a cherub floating towards them. The second panel has a lone entity standing in the same position as the others with two barely seen snakes coiled at his feet. The narrative of this work is obscure and unclear yet it seems to remind us vaguely of a story from our childhood.

Snakes exist – as do Angels; at least in a metaphorical sense. They are the characters of our own personal mythology. This mythology is part of a game where we either take responsibility for the rules or hand the rules over to a committee. Taking responsibility is a big part of being alive.

There is a faith that I subscribe to – “The universe is ultimately beautiful and meaningful”. Without this assumption I could not produce art. The basis for this belief is my understanding that a scientific theory, if true, is beautiful. This extrapolates to the idea that a meaningless universe would be ugly and inconsistent.

Michael Hermesh

Snakes and Angels by Michael Hermesh

There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |

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The Gyre – Michael Hermesh

The Gyre by Michael Hermesh

Acrylic on Board; 37.5 inches by 47.5 inches
There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |

One of the major strengths in Michael’s art is his ability to impart narrative in a way that completely connects with each and every viewer. The Gyre by Michael Hermesh is one of his strongest examples of this talent because there are so many narratives going on within the entire painting. As a whole the work is cohesive and stunning with it’s impact. Then the viewer is completely pulled into the painting and continually discovering new and hidden gems of narrative in a way that the painting becomes mesmerizing. There are a thousand stories here just waiting to be discovered and a thousand unanswered questions. It’s up to the viewer to discover the essence of what this work means to them and for each person it will be entirely different.

The Gyre by Michael Hermesh is regarded by the artist’s peers as one of his most powerful works to date. A close friend suggested that this poem was a strong companion to the piece.



“TURNING and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.”

from “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats