April 16, 2021 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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July 26, 2018


Exhibition dates - Wednesday, August 1 - Sunday, August 26, 2018

Long interested in the historical Zoot Suit colors of pinks, purples, blacks and yellows that were prevalent in the 1930’s - 1950’s, Robert Parker has embarked on a series of paintings and sculptural works embodying these colors over the past months. The works in this month’s Studio 238 exhibition are stylistically consistent with Parker’s hard edge, geometric abstraction aesthetic.

The works are meant to be playful, and minimal, yet evocative of how colors play off against each other and the way in which light creates reflective surfaces within the works. In creating the pieces, Parker works in a meditative approach, in which initially, the work is conceived in its basic form, structure, and color patterns, and then allowed to evolve in a more intuitive manner into a final iteration.

In his use of the color pink, Parker states, “In the past few years there has been a resurgence of the color pink in all of its iterations of hue and tonal variations in both art and architectural design. Reasons for this resurgence is that pink is a polychrome color, no longer just the domain of feminine aesthetic. Pinks are finding there way in male fashion, furniture, interior design, and art. It is an intimate color and has the effect of warming the spirit and flattering the human body. As one noted designer, India Mahdavi, said, …”the embrace of color (pink) corresponds to a desire for cheer amid anxiety, and for sensuality in algorithmic times”. How true this is and has been one of the artist’s motivations for creating these works. We all need respite from these tumultuous times and inspiration away from daily political and social strife.” The works in the exhibition include paintings, stainless steel, powder coated sculpture, and an artist-designed chair. 


Parker is an artist and architect working and living in Taos, New Mexico. His career in art and architecture spans five decades and more. Over the past decade his art has focused on geometric abstraction. He has shown in galleries throughout North America and Canada with works in private and institutional collections.

He studied art and architecture as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado and University of Minnesota, and did his graduate work at MIT in architecture and photography under the photographer, Minor White. In 1970, together with a colleague, he initiated and was head of the Environmental Planning program at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada where he taught from 1970 to 1990. He is the recipient of many awards for his architecture and teaching. Parker moved full time to Taos with his spouse, Deborah McLean, in 1997, and has maintained his architecture practice and art studio here since that time. His principal mediums are painting and printmaking with complimentary work in studio art glass. He also works in sculpture and photography.

A Meet the Artist event is scheduled for June 1st from 4-6pm and is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Harwood Museum of Art at 575.758.9826 x 109 or go to harwoodmuseum.org.

Studio 238 is a pop-up gallery exhibition at the Harwood Museum of Art offering contemporary local artists an opportunity to show their work. These rotating one-month exhibitions provide a space for new series of works, experimental or traditional, to both established and emerging local artists.