Joshua Liner Gallery, New York
Characterized by curvaceous line-work and bold, complementary color palettes, Parra’s work in fine art over the past decade has evolved into an expression that is distinctly his, while evoking influences of Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann. With Parra’s bold graphics and complementary colors, the work flows in the space between abstraction and figuration, with elements coming together like unique pieces of a puzzle. His clean lines and figures weave in and out of his optical compositions, creating rhythm and flow. For VOLTA NY, 2018, Parra has created a new full body of work—including paintings on canvas, works on paper as well as a new sculpture. Working across an array of media, Parra creates an enigmatic and instantly recognizable style that defies easy categorization.
Born in Maastricht, The Netherlands, in 1976, Pieter Janssen (better known as Parra) is currently based in Amsterdam. The largely self-taught artist has mounted successful international exhibitions including a 2015 retrospective exhibition at Rotterdam’s Kunsthal, and a commissioned 60-foot mural at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2012. In 2011, the artist won the prestigious D&AD Silver Pencil Award for illustration and a Dutch Design Award for Best Illustration in 2010. Recently, Parra’s work was exhibited in Takashi Murakami and Juxtapoz Magazine’s collaborative exhibition Juxtapoz x Superflat, in 2016, continuing Murakami’s vision of amalgamating contemporary art and various subcultures exhibited alongside each other. Later in 2016 into 2017, Parra’s work was included in a traveling museum exhibition, Turn the Page, which opened at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA, and travelled to Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, ending at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.