John A. Parks

 

 

Born 1952 in Leeds, England

1973 – 76 M.A.(R.C.A.) in Painting, Royal College of Art. London, England.
1970 – 73 B.A. in Fine Art, Hull College of Art. Hull, England.

John A. Parks is a painter who has shown widely in the US and England over the last thirty years. His work is represented in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Royal College of Art Collection, the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design and many private collections.  He is a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Beginning with his meticulous but lyrical realist paintings in the late seventies Parks has concentrated on themes of English life and the broader issue of the relationship between personal and national identity. A long series of delicately romantic paintings in the eighties explored the English obsession with the transformational properties of gardening and landscaping.  In the late eighties and nineties Parks shifted his attention to British public imagery where he applied a whimsical, playful and sometimes alarming painterly attack to undermine and decode some of the nation’s most preciously held icons. 
For the last several years Parks has been using a finger painting technique – literally painting with his fingers – to explore the imagery that occupied his imagination as a child.  Paintings of trains, hunting scenes and monuments have recently been superseded my images of schoolyards and the pursuits of boyhood – cycling, exploring, fighting and camaraderie. “The recent work is all executed from memory,” says Parks. “And in using finger painting I’m using a childish method to explore childish things. For all that, these are far from childish paintings.  I’m amazed at the rich surfaces and evocative properties of the pictures I’m able to make this way. They are starting to feel like the very stuff of memory.  I’ve never been more excited about what I’m doing.”

 

Collections
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Royal College of Art, London.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Numerous private collections.

Awards
1988. National Endowment for the Arts Grant.
1974. British Institute Award for Figurative Painting.
1974. Scholarship to Skowhegan School of Art, Maine.
1974. Fullbright Travel Grant.

Solo Exhibitions 
2012 Thomas Jaeckel, New York
2008 
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester VT
2005 
Allan Stone Gallery, New York
2002
 Cricket Hill Gallery, New York
2002
 Paul Smith, New York
1992
 Coe Kerr Gallery, New York.
1991
 Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills.
1990
 Coe Kerr Gallery, New York.
1987 
Allan Stone Gallery, New York.
1984 
Allan Stone Gallery, New York.
1982 
Allan Stone Gallery, New York.
1979
 Segal Gallery, Boston.
1977
 Allan Stone Gallery, New York.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 Art Wynwood, International Contemporary Art Fair, Miami
2011 
Made in the UK. Contemporary British Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection
Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design.
2008
Chicago International Art Fair
2007 
Art Basel Miami Beach
2006 
Art Basel Miami Beach
2006
 Armory Show, New York
2004
 “Group” Allan Stone Gallery, New York
2000 
”Forty Years” Allan Stone Gallery, New York.
2000 
”New Realism” Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco.
1999
 “Landscapes” Allan Stone Gallery, New York. Exhibition including work by de Kooning, Wayne Thiebaud, Franz Kline, Richard Estes and others.
1998 
”London/Paris/New York” at the Beadleston Gallery, New York. An exhibition of cityscapes including work by Monet, Pissaro, Bonnard, Stuart Davis and others.
1996 
Allan Stone Gallery, New York.
1995 
Allan Stone Gallery.
1994 
Hollis Taggart Gallery, Washington DC.
1993 
Gerold Wunderlich Gallery, New York.
1988 
Chicago International Art Exposition.
1987
 Duke University, Durham, NC.
1983
 Kornblee Gallery, New York.
1972
 Royal Academy, London.

Reviews and articles on the work
New York Times 2012 Dec.14, Review of exhibition at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel by Roberta Smith.
Passport Magazine. Winter 2005-6. Major article with reproductions.
New York Sun. June 30th 2005. Review of the exhibition at Allan Stone Gallery.
Pulse Magazine. June 2005. Interview.
American Artist. May 1992. Major article with reproductions by Jane Cottingham.
ArtSpeak. February 1984.”John Parks at Allan Stone.”
New York Times. May 30th 1982. John Russell.
Arts Magazine, September and November 1978.

Teaching
Teaching at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY since 1979 as well as various visiting assignments.

 

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