We have had a chance to see a bunch of Dutch artist Parra (cover artist in March 2008) in California this year. First, it was his massive mural and first US museum showing at the SFMOMA that was outstanding, and now, he is back on the West Coast. He will open a new series of works, Kind Regrets, at HVW8 Gallery, featuring acrylic on canvas works and pen on paper.
Parra is known to lovers of his work for the themes and motifs which have become unmistakable and distinctive trademarks of his style. Curved two dimensional modern post - pop images, highly saturated colors, vibrant typographic hand-drawn letters and worlds inhabited by hybrid, bizarre, surreal characters. Men with bird heads, fleshy and voluptuous women with round sensual bodies, mixed with texts and themes that span from sarcastic and introspective to ironic and bold, all the way to nonsensical. Esteemed and popular in the independent scene in the beginning, he quickly became a recognized, creative, and eclectic artist worldwide. Established brands have recruited Parra to customize limited edition products, his hands have illustrated ad campaigns and his works have been shown in various solo exhibitions around the globe. His last show was in the SFMOMA, his first in a U.S. museum.
HVW8 Art + Design Gallery
661 N. Spaulding Ave, Los Angeles, Ca. 90036
September 29—November 11, 2012
Los Angeles, California