R. Nelson Parrish is a multi-disciplinary fine artist, investigating the expansion and contraction of time. His internationally-recognized practice fluidly moves across mediums and materials. Parrish actualizes his works the same way a musician or actor moves between instruments and roles: immersed in the moment and highly dedicated to craft.
His works translate visceral and ephemeral moments into the tangible. These heightened experiences that are simultaneously calming and chaotic, are also definitively poetic and memorable. Each piece presents an opportunity to slow time, inviting the viewer to awaken a new lens in which to experience the world.
The works, the viewer, and their experience are threaded together into a grander narrative. The narrative of who we are as a people and culture that can be told for all of time.
Inspiration comes from the simple timeless moments – timeless, as in when we are forced to stop and appreciate them: snow drifts whishing along a ridge line, light glinting and refracting the branches, the sound of water.Historically, these moments have been translated as the deconstructed sublime or minimalist Zen. For Parrish, they are these moments where you just have to stop and stare. Your mind wanders to another place.Time slips. You take a breath. Pause. Then walk away down the trail, knowing that that moments was yours.
While clearly sculptural, and less painterly, the pieces are captured like a photographer: a moment in time, the capturing of movement, time and place. And yet, less about anything specific, but more the feeling. Present, yet wrapped in nostalgia. And while the pieces are derived from Parrish’s personal experience and research/investigations, they are open ended narratives, purposefully allowing the audience to connect to the work through their experiences.
BMW Welt, Munich Germany
Edward Cella, Los Angeles, CA
Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT
Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA
Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA
Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, CO
Galerie Hegemann, Munich Germany
Galerie Nobel, Oslo, Norway
Rob Lowe, John Legend, Hermes Family, Lole, University of Texas Tech, Nitro Snowboards, Renown Hospital.
Architectural Digest. Art Ltd.Los Angeles Times.Vogue.Outside Magazine.Visual Art Source.Conde Nast.C Magazine.Santa Barbara Magazine.Kinfolk.The Park City Record.Park City Magazine.Departures.American Airlines.
R. Nelson Parrish earned his BFA from the University of Nevada-Reno and his MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.