KAWS and Erik Parker in Paint New York

In the summer of 2014 GL STRAND presents a compelling insight into contemporary painting from New York that will also serve to present the broad framework that defines the painting today. The diversity of designs and picturesque expression is showing the painting's power, and through the 11 artists we get close to the city and its dynamic pulse. All artists are closely linked to the city and the art scene - they live and work there - and the majority are also trained in the city.

Rosson Crow, KAWS, Robert Lazzarini and Erik Parker in the Modern Auction

The Modern Auction celebrates ten years of the FOCUS series and benefits Future Acquisitions and Programming for the Director's Council FOCUS Exhibition Series.

Erik Parker in SFAQ

Erik Parker's solo exhibition New Magnetic Destiny is a SFAQ Staff Pick.

Erik Parker at The Standard Hollywood

The Standard, Hollywood and Honor Fraser Gallery are celebrating Erik Parker's The New Uptown at The Standard, Hollywood on Friday, November 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On view through December in The Box at The Standard, Hollywood, The New Uptown features a three- dimensional replica of a painting from Parker's forthcoming exhibition New Magnetic Destiny at Honor Fraser Gallery.

Erik Parker at Ballroom Marfa

Comic Future features work by Erik Parker and other artists who employ the language of various and discordant approaches such as abstraction and figuration to twist representation of their immediate environment thereby imbricating a skewed, often apocalyptic vision of the future.

Artists in The Aspen Art Museum's ArtCrush

Works by Rosson Crow, Glenn Kaino, Erik Parker, Kenny Scharf and Alexis Smith will be included in The Aspen Art Museum's ArtCrush benefit auction, Friday, August 2, 2013. Preview the work on Paddle8.com.

Erik Parker in Juxtapoz Magazine

Erik Parker
By Austin McManus
April 2013

Austin McManus: In reading past writings about your work the phrase "distortions of everyday reality" appeared more than once and it has resonated with me. Can you tell me a little about this?

Erik Parker: I make pictures for other people to look at. While I'm totally into what you would call "painterly abstraction," I also want to make sure that translates to everyone, not just other artists. Not everyone understands an expressive brush mark, but most can get down with flowers.

Upswing Dub Project: exhibition of new Erik Parker monoprints

Upswing Dub Project will be on view at Pace Prints, NY from March 8-April 13, 2013, and an opening reception will be held Thursday March 7, 6-8pm.

Erik Parker's new series of unique prints are florid and densely packed with hand colored deviants; collaged rarities and other miscreations of Parker's own invention. Spurring from the format of Egyptian friezes, the visual anarchy of these prints lives harmoniously within a highly organized architectural structure.

Pilgrim Surf Supply: Studio Visit with Erik Parker

P (Pilgrim Surf Supply) – Where did your impulses for making art come from?

EP (Erik Parker) – I loved comic books like Zap and Freak Brothers, Mad Magazine was always around, too. Where I grew up, in South Texas, there was no art around. I got my visuals from stuff I liked, I saw Jaws and wanted to draw sharks.

February 5, 2013

Erik Parker in Huffington Post

Erik Parker's Colorful Resistance was chosen by Huffington Post as one of the 50 greatest creative publications of 2012. Colorful Resistance is over two hundred pages of Parker's art, with texts by Monica Ramirez-Montagut, Peter Saul, Angela Stief and KAWS.

December 17, 2012

Erik Parker in Huffington Post

Welcome to the Jungle: Erik Parker 'Bye Bye Babylon' at Paul Kasmin Gallery
By Priscilla Frank
September 10, 2012

[Parker's] new exhibition, "Bye Bye Babylon," takes us far from Parker's Brooklyn studio into the utopian and dystopian jungle wilds. Channeling Henri Rousseau's primitive eye with a touch of internet-addled intensity, Parker presents a tropical climate as an alternative to the current political one. Yet even the faraway leaves pulsate with the spirit of counterculture as Parker's history with hip-hop, graffiti and alternative music shines through. We spoke with Parker about his unusual palette names, reality TV and how his works may inspire you to revolt in just 5 minutes.

September 14, 2012

Erik Parker in Whitewall Magazine

Erik Parker: Bye Bye Babylon
By Katy Donoghue
September 5, 2012

WHITEWALL: Where does the title "Bye Bye Babylon" come from?

ERIK PARKER: I was just kicking around different phrases and "Bye Bye Babylon" stuck. I wanted the title of this show to have a wanderlust vibe to it. There were a lot of Lee Scratch Perry tunes on while I was making this show and I think his music fed a lot of this tropical imagery. Plus, I like the alliteration. It sounds like it could be a title for an album too.

September 5, 2012

Erik Parker Bye Bye Babylon at Paul Kasmin

Erik Parker Bye Bye Babylon opens September 6 at Paul Kasmin and will remain on view through October 13, 2012. An opening reception on September 6 will be accompanied by a book signing featuring Parker's recently published monograph "Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance," at Paul Kasmin SHOP.

September 6 - October 13, 2012

Erik Parker in Modern Painters

Erik Parker
By Scott Indrisek
September, 2012

Parker's vibrantly colored, eye-popping figurative paintings might not be in lockstep with all the trends of contemporary art, but he couldn't care less. The Brooklyn-based artist is part of a major exhibition on view through the end of February 2013 at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Ridgefield, Connecticut, which includes his irreverent and text-heavy map paintings and drawings.

September, 2012

Erik Parker: Too Mad to Be Scared at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

The Aldrich's exhibition of the work of Erik Parker focuses on his lyrical maps, which present and document a timely, poignant, and thoroughly critical overview of the obscure socio-political and economic dynamics of the United States. As he condemns the status quo and re-considers conspiracy theories, Parker condenses his narratives in tight word clusters, engulfed by cartoony looking visceral shapes. On occasion, he uses the template of the United States map to spell out the dynamics of the counter-culture, underground, and marginalized communities. This "finally puts them on the US map," he explains, transforming the American territory into one of inclusion for those generally excluded and providing an alternative perspective on the country.

258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
July 15, 2012 - February 24, 2013

Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance in Huffington Post

Parker's illustrations are displayed in four thematic sections, "Maps," "Heads," "Hydroglyphics," and "Still Lifes." "Maps" includes the artist's graphic word clusters that are roughly arranged into the shape of bounded entities like the United States or the inside of the artist's mind. Works like "Head Strong" and "In My Head" represent not only mappings of Parker's brain, flooded with the concerns or preoccupations of a politically-minded artist, but also as his version of a self-portrait.

July 17, 2012

Erik Parker in Life + Times

Artist Erik Parker Talks New Book and New Work
By Yale Breslin
July 18, 2012

Skira Rizzoli just unveiled the first retrospective look at the irreverent and boisterous artwork of painter Erik Parker, which will be accompanied by a major exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. With color at the DNA of his art, we spent some one-on-one time with Mr. Parker and found out a little bit about his vibrant world.

July 18

KAWS and Erik Parker included in the 2012 White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction

KAWS and Erik Parker are included in the 2012 White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction, featuring artwork by over 80 artists to support White Columns. All artwork will be on view at White Columns from April 28 – May 12.

320 West 13th St.
New York, NY 10014

Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance

Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance will be available July 31, 2012. The forthcoming monograph, written by Monica Ramirez-Montagut, will feature a foreword by Peter Saul, and contributions by Angela Stief and KAWS.

Available through
July 31, 2012

Erik Parker Interview in POST NEW

Erik Parker Interview
By James Oliver

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.

March 16, 2012

Erik Parker's Co-Curated Prophet Royal Robertson Exhibition Reviewed in the New York Times

By Roberta Smith
November 17, 2011

Prophet Royal Robertson (1931-97) is not going gently into any outsider-art canon. As demonstrated by the first in-depth exhibition of his art in New York, the efforts of this Louisiana sign painter are too raw and unruly, his style too bristling and changeable. Looking at his work, you appreciate the sublime consistency of artists like Martin Ramirez or James Castle, but this in turn clarifies Robertson's singular and noisome wildness, the volatile fusion of image, language and unvarnished emotion that he achieved. It has been organized by the New York-based artists Scott Ogden and Erik Parker, who discovered Robertson's work in Raw magazine when they were art students and met him the year before he died.

Erik Parker co-curates at White Columns

Prophet Royal Robertson (1931-1997), originally a sign painter by trade, covered every inch of his Baldwin, Louisiana home and yard with apocalyptic hand-made signs and paintings. Visitors and passersby alike were greeted with large, weather-beaten signs warning, "All Crazy Persons Keep Off Lot" and "No Divorced Whores Allowed". However once you got past these foreboding walls of language, an entirely different world opened up inside his small home.

Erik Parker in Beautiful Decay

By Bill
October 10, 2011

Go Figure is group show curated by Eddie Martinez, and it has a bunch of artists that have appeared on Beautiful/Decay's website and in the book series. There is some very choice work too, it's interesting to see the work together as well. After the jump you can see work by Allison Schulnik, Erik Parker, Jamison Brosseau, and Jose Lerma. Both shows are up until November 13th.

Erik Parker at Dodge Gallery

October 6 – November 13, 2011
Reception: Thursday, October 6, 6-8pm

DODGEgallery is pleased to present Go Figure, a group exhibition of 14 artists curated by Eddie Martinez.

KAWS and Erik Parker in New York CBS Local News

The Paul Kasmin Gallery hosts "Pretty on the Inside," a one-of-a-kind group exhibition that features seven amazing artists – Todd James, Tony Matelli, Peter Saul, Karl Wirsum, KAWS, Erik Parker, and Joyce Pensato. Many of the artists included in this project make ironic or subversive works, hijacking the language of cartoons and comics to both celebrate and criticize contemporary culture. Come check it out for yourself! Gallery is open until 6 p.m.

Robert Lazzarini, Erik Parker, and Kenny Scharf on Artnet

Erik Parker and KAWS in Whitewall

KAWS and Erik Parker at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Erik Parker and KAWS in Artnet

Erik Parker Limited Edition Prints

Erik Parker: Re-Upped at Collete

Signing and meeting with Erik Parker on April 4th, 6 to 7 pm.

New York based artist Erik Parker (b. 1968) paints meticulously curated worlds of chaos within his brightly colored, highly saturated canvases. The artist obsessively paints layer upon layer of amorphous shapes, globules and drops pushing each composition to the optical extreme.

Parker's biomorphic subjects not only reference the hallucinogenic psychedelia of American culture in the 1960's, but also historical and contemporary socio-political issues. Informed by a variety of sub cultural themes, including music, graffiti and illustration, Parker offers a profound visual experience beyond his intensely layered forms of text and imagery.

Erik Parker was born in Stuttgart, Germany and studied at the University of Austin, Texas then at SUNY Purchase. Parker's work has been widely published and has earned him several awards. He has exhibited in solo shows in Tokyo, Milan, Manchester, Cologne, New York and Los Angeles, as well as in group shows around the world. It's here about its first exhibition in Paris, which will also present paintings and drawings on paper. A catalog, published by Honor Fraser, its gallery of Los Angeles, will be put on sale.

Erik Parker in New American Paintings

Critics' Picks: Erik Parker in ArtForum

Erik Parker featured in Private Future at Marc Jancou

Erik Parker paints vivid meaning into bright, manic canvases

When he was in grade school, Erik Parker entertained his juvenile fan base with drawings that mimicked the ones in Mad magazine. He had a gift, one that didn't inspire the word prodigy, but a talent that he finally exploited after dropping out of a San Antonio high school.


FOCUS: Erik Parker at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

December 5, 2010-February 6, 2011

The FOCUS exhibition series is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Curator Andrea Karnes for the Museum's Director's Council, a group that supports acquisitions at the Museum. Each FOCUS exhibition presents work by an emerging contemporary artist. FOCUS exhibitions are open to the public and are included in general Museum admission: 10 dollars for adults; 4 dollars for seniors (60 plus( and students with identification; free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members.

Beautiful Decay makes studio visit with Erik Parker

Erik Parker in Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s

Erik Parker at the San Antonio Museum of Art

Tomoo Gokita, KAWS, and Erik Parker featured in STAGES at Art Basel Miami Beach

888 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, FL 331132
TEL: 305-633-9345
Gallery hours: Fri-Sat, 12-8pm, Sun 12-6pm

Erik Parker and Kenny Scharf in Too Big to Fail: Big Paintings

Erik Parker COSMIC print released by Art City Editions

COSMIC, 2009
Pigment Print on German Etching Paper
Image: 18 x 24 inches, Paper: 21 x 27 1/2 inches
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil

The work has been printed in a limited edition of 25, plus 7 artist proofs and is available for purchase at www.artcityeditions.com.

The New Yorkers

Crisis Creation

Between Lines