Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce Erik Parker will be on view alongside Nina Chanel Abney, Justin Craun, Wendell Gladstone, and Tom Sanford in AftermodernisM, 29 June - 13 October, 2013, at the Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, New York. The exhibition is organized for the Museum’s Contemporary Collectors Circle by CCC co-chairs Elaine Berger and Alison Wolfson. On view in the Museum's Second Floor Galleries, the five artists in the show, aged 31 to 44, represent a movement of young artists involved in the use of very strong color. They share an interest in combining figurative and abstract elements in new and innovative ways. The famed art collector Hubert Neumann called it “an asymmetric aesthetic for a fractured asymmetric world."
Employing his own wildly inventive architecture and signature neon palate, Erik Parker (b. 1968 in Stuttgart, Germany) 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; Galleri Faurschou in Copenhagen, Denmark; Pace Prints in New York; and The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT. The Tribeca Film Festival selected Parker as one of the Festival's 2013 Art Awards artists - in which New York City artists give works to the winners of 12 Festival categories, in partnership with Chanel. Parker lives and works in New York.