(b. 1968 in Stuttgart, Germany, lives and works in New York)
Employing his own wildly inventive architecture and signature neon palate, Erik Parker creates bold, graphic compositions that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life. His visionary paintings draw their inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture—psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip hop and heavy metal— as well as Picasso, Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein.
Parker studied at the University of Texas, Austin with Peter Saul before receiving his master of fine arts from Purchase College of the State University of New York. He was included in the first “Greater New York” show at P.S.1 in 2000 and has had recent solo exhibitions at The Cornerhouse Gallery in Manchester, England; De Appel in Amsterdam; the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX; Colette in Paris; Honor Fraser in Los Angeles; and Galleri Faurschou in Copenhagen, Denmark.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
"¿What About Now?" GALERIA JAVIER LOPEZ, Madrid, Spain
"New Magnetic Destiny," HONOR FRASER GALLERY, Los Angeles
"Bye, Bye, Babylon," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
"Too Mad to Be Scared," THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, Ridgefield, CT
"Upswing Dub Project," PACE PRINTS, New York
"Re-Upped," Colette, Paris, France
"Other Side of Morning and Bermuda," Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
"Focus: Erik Parker," Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth
"Endless Anytime," Honor Fraser Los Angeles
"Adapt," GALLERI FAURSCHOU, Copenhagen