Colour & Surface | JS Parker

Preview Monday December 18, 6pm
Exhibition runs from Tuesday December 19, 2017 to Saturday January 27, 2018
The Diversion Gallery, Picton

Our Christmas exhibition this year focuses on some of the last, masterful works by JS Parker (1944-2017), and runs parallel to a tribute show at the Millennium Public Art Gallery in Blenheim launching a delightful book of JS Parker’s poems and drawings from throughout his career.

JS Parker was a master of colour and rhythm. In his last few years, he was a painter on fire, confidently and superbly working on the large scale that established him nationally from his earlier career, such as the two anchor works to this exhibition. Plain Song: Mindscape – Red in the Affirmative, (1220x1520mm, 2016) below, is an emphatic statement of determination and uplift – you can’t stand before this painting and feel anything other than positive energy. He balanced it with softer, lyrical works, like the achingly beautiful Plain Song: Mindscape – Off Kaikoura, 2016 (above).  No matter how abstract, the light of land, sea and skies usually found its way in.

Image: Plain Song – Mindscape, Off Kaikoura 2016

Date(s) - 18/12/2017 - 27/01/2018
All Day