Erik Parker

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Erik Parker
Stuttgart, Germany
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin & Purchase College
Known forPainting
Erik Parker, painter

Erik Parker (born 1968) is a New York-based artist. He has had solo exhibitions at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut; the De Appel in Amsterdam; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Colette in Paris; Honor Fraser in Los Angeles; and Galleri Faurschou in Copenhagen, Denmark.[citation needed]

Life and work[edit]

Erik Parker was born in Stuttgart, Germany but later moved to San Antonio, Texas. Parker attended the University of Texas at Austin with artist Peter Saul before receiving a master of fine art from Purchase College in New York.[1]

Erik Parker is known for his precisely painted and organized worlds of chaos that exist within his brightly colored, intensely layered, highly saturated canvases. Parker's work depicts unique, fantastical scenes of biomorphic subjects and unworldly landscapes. Parker methodically paints each composition to the optical extreme creating an intense visual experience.[2] His work maintains a premeditated sense of order all the while suggesting an underlying madness through his use of bold and fragmented forms.[3] Parker employs many styles in his work, from graffiti to psychedelic album covers and cartoons.[4] Drawing from elements of American subculture, Parker creates color infused paintings that illustrate his take on the pressing issues of our time.[5]

Solo Exhibitions [6][edit]

Year Exhibition Gallery/Museum Location
2018 New Mood Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY
2017 Run with the Hunted Aishonanzuka Hong Kong, China
2016 Double Down Nanzuka Tokyo, Japan
2015 Undertow Paul Kasmin Gallery New York, NY
2015 ¿What About Now? Galería Javier López & Fer Francés Madrid, Spain
2013 New Magnetic Destiny Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles, CA
2012 Upswing Dub Project Pace Prints New York, NY
2012 Too Mad to Be Scared Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Ridgefield, CT
2012 Other side of Morning and Bermuda Patricia Low Contemporary Gstaad
2011 Re-Upped Colette Paris, France
2011 Focus: Erik Parker Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Fort Worth, TX
2010 Endless Anytime Honor Fraser Los Angeles, CA
2010 Adapt Galleri Faurschou Copenhagen, Denmark
2009 Crisis Creation Paul Kasmin Gallery New York, NY
2008 Between Lines Marianne Boesky New York, NY
2007 Liner Notes De Appel Amsterdam
2007 Damage Control Honor Fraser Los Angeles, CA
2006 Half Cocked Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo, Japan

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  • Rema Hort-Mann Foundation Grant (1999)
  • Purchase College 25th Anniversary Scholarship (SUNY Purchase College) (1997)
  • Rose Scholarship (Visual Arts Department, SUNY Purchase College) (1997)
  • Durhurst Family Scholarship (Visual Arts Department, SUNY Purchase College) (1997)
  • Excellence in Painting (Department of Art &Art History, University of Texas at Austin) (1995)
  • Merit Scholarship in Painting and Drawing (University of Texas at Austin)(1994)
  • Denbela-Ortiz Galeria Outstanding Scholarship in Visual Art (San Antonio College) (1992)


Erik Parker Personae, book published by Honor Fraser Inc. Los Angeles, California 2008. ISBN 0978560221, with text by Max Henry, designed by Brian Roettinger.

Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance, book published by Rizzoli 2012. ISBN 0847838943, with text by Monica Ramirez-Montagut (Author), Peter Saul (Foreword)


  1. ^ Kino, Carol (March 20, 2009). "No Longer Racing at the Speed of Art". The New York Times. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Oliver, James (March 16, 2012). "Erik Parker Interview". POST-NEW. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08.
  3. ^ Frank, Priscilla (September 9, 2012). "Welcome To The Jungle: Erik Parker On 'Bye Bye Babylon'". Huffington Post.
  4. ^ Smith, Roberta (January 21, 2005). "Art in Review; Erik Parker". New York TImes.
  5. ^ "Erik Parker: Too Mad to Be Scared". The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
  6. ^ Harvey, Michael (June 16, 2009). "Erik Parker". Art in America.

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