reporter: Miguel Dominguez
On February 23rd at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Dutch artist Parra (Pieter Janssen) had his show of paintings and sculptures alongside with crochet artist Olek.
Parra is best known for his curved post-Pop imagery, highly saturated colours, vibrant hand-drawn letters and worlds inhabited by hybrid, surreal characters. Celebrated by galleries and championed by an underground following from the outset, Parra has quickly become a respected and eclectic artist worldwide. Working across drawing, painting, animation and sculpture, Parra creates an enigmatic and instantly recognisable style that defies easy categorisation. Parra is cofounder of cult apparel label Rockwell Clothing and a member of electronic music group Le Le. Parra Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
He has Works in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Winner, D&DAD silver pencil for illustration for Tastebuddies campaign (2011)Winner, De Amsterdam Prijs voor de Kunst (Amsterdam Art Prize 2010)Winner, Best Illustration, Dutch Design Awards (2010)
Chris Read, Parra: Short for Paranoid, Hypebeast, 18 March 2011
Bradley Carbone, The Top 25 Artists of 2010, Complex Magazine, 20 December 2010
Arye Dworken, Piet Parra: My Life Has Surpassed Expectations, The 99%, January 2010
Charly Wilder, Parra and the Case of Art v. Commerce, New York Times, 14 September 2009
Click here to see article on Parra's "Yer So Bad" exhibit.
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