The Art of Michael Francis Lane
View Gallery of Michael Francis Lane's Art
Michael Francis Lane was a childhood friend of mine who passed away unexpectedly in his early thirties. It was Michael's great desire that his art be enjoyed by as many people as possible.
(This picture was one on Mike's father's favorites. It shows Michael Francis Lane a few months before he graduated from high school in 1987. )
Michael grew up and was educated in Southborough, Massachusetts. He attended Johnson State College in Vermont, and spent most of his working career at TILL (Towards Independent Living and Learning), helping physically and mentally disadvantaged adult clients. His understanding and sympathetic love for "his people" were a reflection of his artistic sensibilities and an inspiration to all who knew him.
Michael died on January 28, 2002, at the age of thirty-three.
After Michaels's death I learned that he spent much of his free time creating art. Although he painted from early childhood, Michael produced most of the more than 200 works of art in this collection in the last few years of his life. Michael's chosen medium was acrylic on both canvas and wood, but most of the work included here is on 4'x4' pieces of 3/8" plywood. His style is a composite of impressionistic and contemporary characteristics.
In creating these works, Mike Lane drew inspiration from a variety of writers, including but not limited to: Arthur Rimbaud, Carl Sandburg, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Allen Poe, Frederico Garcia Lorea, Hart Crane, Louis MacNeice, Oscar Wilde, Paul Verlaine, the movie “Taxi Driver“, Rainer Maria Rilke, Stephane Mallarme, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, William Shakespeare, and William Blake. Michael quoted their writing in his art. Some pieces also include quotes from the Michael's own poetry.
Here are some samples of Mike's art from each of the his active years.