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Avenues recent visits to the Paint and Memory exhibit by English painter John A. Parks was a fun experience with the children immediately responding to the finger paintings. They also toured the map paintings of London, pointing to places they knew or recognized by name.
Recent Paintings by John A. Parks
through February 16, 2013
In his recent pictures, executed as finger paintings, John Parks explores the memories of his English childhood in a series of richly evocative images. “In a sense I’m using a childish means to recreate a child’s world,” says the artist, “although the resulting paintings are far more sophisticated than those of a child.” The lush surfaces, gloriously layered color and suggestive drawing work together to create a novel and intensely nostalgic vision. What is remembered are glimpses, sometimes idyllic and sometimes disturbing; cycling through a village on a summer’s day, playing hide-and-seek in a public park, the mayhem of an indoor swimming pool, the sudden formality of a Maypole dance. The limitation of painting with his fingers has forced Parks to simplify the descriptive tasks of the painting. “There is a certain indeterminacy with finger painting,” he says, “you are never exactly sure where an edge is going to go. Chance events occur that you can edit out or leave in. The process adds a richness and a very physical engagement with the paint. Accidents can often be suggestive – they prod the imagination and provide a sense of discovery. Every mark is truly an adventure.”
Also on view are three large-scale map paintings of London in which the artist manipulates space and point of view to provide a highly entertaining excursion through the streets of his native city. Presented from multiple viewpoints but lodged in a fairly accurate street plan, buildings, monuments, bridges and buses come alive in an unexpected and inventive fashion.
Educated at the Royal College of Art in London, Parks has made paintings over the last thirty years that have focused on themes of English life seen through expatriate eyes. The artist has lived for decades in New York and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. Throughout that time the artist’s work has evolved expressively and stylistically. His early and intense realist work was closely associated with the realist revival but carried with it from the start a lyrical and intensely personal quality. John Russell, writing in the New York Times, dubbed him “A true poet in paint and something of a find.” In the mid eighties and nineties Parks adopted a larger scale approach to paint images of public monuments in a series of paintings that explored the unease of national identity and its attendant rituals. These works included a highly irreverent series of English soldiers, often shown dancing or otherwise cavorting.
Parks has been represented by several major New York galleries including Allan Stone Gallery and Coe Kerr Gallery. His work is included in a number of museum collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London and the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design. This exhibition marks his debut with 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel.
For more images and information : http://johnaparks.com/NewWork
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.
National Endowment for the Arts Grant. 1985
British Institute Award for Figurative Painting. 1974
Scholarship to Skowhegan School of Art, Maine. 1974.
Fullbright Travel Grant. 1974
2008 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester VT
2005 Allan Stone Gallery, New York
2005 Mabbettsville 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.
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.
Reviews and articles on the work
Arts Magazine, September and November 1978
New York Times. May 30th 1982. John Russell.
ArtSpeak. February 1984. “John Parks at Allan Stone.”
American Artist. May 1992. Major article with reproductions by Jane Cottingham.
Pulse Magazine. June 2005. Interview
New York Sun. June 30th 2005. Review of the exhibition at Allan Stone Gallery
Passport Magazine. Winter 2005-6. Major article with reproductions.
Teaching at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY since 1979 as well as various visiting assignments.