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 mostly 4'x4' pieces of plywood. His style is a composite of impressionistic and contemporary characteristics.
Michael drew inspiration from the writings of Arthur Rimbaud, Carl Sandburg, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Allen Poe, Frederico Garcia Lorea, Hart Crane, Louis MacNeice, Oscar Wilde, Paul Verlaine, Rainer Maria Rilke, Stephane Mallarme, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, William Shakespeare and William Blake (amongst others) and quoted their writing in his art. Some pieces also include quotes from the poetry of Michael Francis Lane.
Michael Francis Lane, from his youth, was imbued with a keen response to creativity and beauty in art and nature. As he matured, he became an avid student of the fine arts as well as literature and poetry. In his own works he was inspired by many of the great artists, writers, and poets, whom he had come to love through his years of study.
In the spring of 2006 Michael Francis Lane's art was shown at the Flanagan Campus Gallery located at the Community College of Rhode Island in Lincoln, RI. In the March 16-19,2006 issue of the The Providence Journal's Live, Bill Van Siclen wrote a review of this show. In this review, Bill Van Siclen said, "...it's Lane's emotional intensity - a rarity in today's over-conceptualized art world - that seems to have struck a chord with viewers."
Here are some samples of Mike's art from each of the years included in this collection: