June 14, 2014

KAWS and Erik Parker in Paint New York

In the summer of 2014 GL STRAND presents a compelling insight into contemporary painting from New York that will also serve to present the broad framework that defines the painting today. The diversity of designs and picturesque expression is showing the painting's power, and through the 11 artists we get close to the city and its dynamic pulse. All artists are closely linked to the city and the art scene - they live and work there - and the majority are also trained in the city.

GL Strand

May 10, 2014

Rosson Crow, KAWS, Robert Lazzarini and Erik Parker in the Modern Auction

The Modern Auction celebrates ten years of the FOCUS series and benefits Future Acquisitions and Programming for the Director's Council FOCUS Exhibition Series.

The Modern Auction

November 02, 2013

Erik Parker in SFAQ

Erik Parker's solo exhibition New Magnetic Destiny is a SFAQ Staff Pick.


November 01, 2013

Erik Parker at The Standard Hollywood

The Standard, Hollywood and Honor Fraser Gallery are celebrating Erik Parker's The New Uptown at The Standard, Hollywood on Friday, November 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On view through December in The Box at The Standard, Hollywood, The New Uptown features a three- dimensional replica of a painting from Parker's forthcoming exhibition New Magnetic Destiny at Honor Fraser Gallery.

September 27, 2013

Erik Parker at Ballroom Marfa

Comic Future features work by Erik Parker and other artists who employ the language of various and discordant approaches such as abstraction and figuration to twist representation of their immediate environment thereby imbricating a skewed, often apocalyptic vision of the future.

Ballroom Marfa

July 30, 2013

Artists in The Aspen Art Museum's ArtCrush

Works by Rosson Crow, Glenn Kaino, Erik Parker, Kenny Scharf and Alexis Smith will be included in The Aspen Art Museum's ArtCrush benefit auction, Friday, August 2, 2013. Preview the work on


April 15, 2013

Erik Parker in Juxtapoz Magazine

Erik Parker
By Austin McManus
April 2013

Austin McManus: In reading past writings about your work the phrase "distortions of everyday reality" appeared more than once and it has resonated with me. Can you tell me a little about this?

Erik Parker: I make pictures for other people to look at. While I'm totally into what you would call "painterly abstraction," I also want to make sure that translates to everyone, not just other artists. Not everyone understands an expressive brush mark, but most can get down with flowers.


March 07, 2013

Upswing Dub Project: exhibition of new Erik Parker monoprints

Upswing Dub Project will be on view at Pace Prints, NY from March 8-April 13, 2013, and an opening reception will be held Thursday March 7, 6-8pm.

Erik Parker's new series of unique prints are florid and densely packed with hand colored deviants; collaged rarities and other miscreations of Parker's own invention. Spurring from the format of Egyptian friezes, the visual anarchy of these prints lives harmoniously within a highly organized architectural structure.

Pace Prints

February 05, 2013

Pilgrim Surf Supply: Studio Visit with Erik Parker

P (Pilgrim Surf Supply) – Where did your impulses for making art come from?

EP (Erik Parker) – I loved comic books like Zap and Freak Brothers, Mad Magazine was always around, too. Where I grew up, in South Texas, there was no art around. I got my visuals from stuff I liked, I saw Jaws and wanted to draw sharks.

Pilgrim Surf Supply
February 5, 2013

December 18, 2012

Erik Parker in Huffington Post

Erik Parker's Colorful Resistance was chosen by Huffington Post as one of the 50 greatest creative publications of 2012. Colorful Resistance is over two hundred pages of Parker's art, with texts by Monica Ramirez-Montagut, Peter Saul, Angela Stief and KAWS.

Huffington Post
December 17, 2012

September 14, 2012

Erik Parker in Huffington Post

Welcome to the Jungle: Erik Parker 'Bye Bye Babylon' at Paul Kasmin Gallery
By Priscilla Frank
September 10, 2012

[Parker's] new exhibition, "Bye Bye Babylon," takes us far from Parker's Brooklyn studio into the utopian and dystopian jungle wilds. Channeling Henri Rousseau's primitive eye with a touch of internet-addled intensity, Parker presents a tropical climate as an alternative to the current political one. Yet even the faraway leaves pulsate with the spirit of counterculture as Parker's history with hip-hop, graffiti and alternative music shines through. We spoke with Parker about his unusual palette names, reality TV and how his works may inspire you to revolt in just 5 minutes.

Huffington Post
September 14, 2012

September 06, 2012

Erik Parker in Whitewall Magazine

Erik Parker: Bye Bye Babylon
By Katy Donoghue
September 5, 2012

WHITEWALL: Where does the title "Bye Bye Babylon" come from?

ERIK PARKER: I was just kicking around different phrases and "Bye Bye Babylon" stuck. I wanted the title of this show to have a wanderlust vibe to it. There were a lot of Lee Scratch Perry tunes on while I was making this show and I think his music fed a lot of this tropical imagery. Plus, I like the alliteration. It sounds like it could be a title for an album too.

September 5, 2012

August 30, 2012

Erik Parker Bye Bye Babylon at Paul Kasmin

Erik Parker Bye Bye Babylon opens September 6 at Paul Kasmin and will remain on view through October 13, 2012. An opening reception on September 6 will be accompanied by a book signing featuring Parker's recently published monograph "Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance," at Paul Kasmin SHOP.

Paul Kasmin Gallery
September 6 - October 13, 2012

August 29, 2012

Erik Parker in Modern Painters

Erik Parker
By Scott Indrisek
September, 2012

Parker's vibrantly colored, eye-popping figurative paintings might not be in lockstep with all the trends of contemporary art, but he couldn't care less. The Brooklyn-based artist is part of a major exhibition on view through the end of February 2013 at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Ridgefield, Connecticut, which includes his irreverent and text-heavy map paintings and drawings.

Modern Painters
September, 2012

July 18, 2012

Erik Parker: Too Mad to Be Scared at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

The Aldrich's exhibition of the work of Erik Parker focuses on his lyrical maps, which present and document a timely, poignant, and thoroughly critical overview of the obscure socio-political and economic dynamics of the United States. As he condemns the status quo and re-considers conspiracy theories, Parker condenses his narratives in tight word clusters, engulfed by cartoony looking visceral shapes. On occasion, he uses the template of the United States map to spell out the dynamics of the counter-culture, underground, and marginalized communities. This "finally puts them on the US map," he explains, transforming the American territory into one of inclusion for those generally excluded and providing an alternative perspective on the country.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
July 15, 2012 - February 24, 2013

July 18, 2012

Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance in Huffington Post

Parker's illustrations are displayed in four thematic sections, "Maps," "Heads," "Hydroglyphics," and "Still Lifes." "Maps" includes the artist's graphic word clusters that are roughly arranged into the shape of bounded entities like the United States or the inside of the artist's mind. Works like "Head Strong" and "In My Head" represent not only mappings of Parker's brain, flooded with the concerns or preoccupations of a politically-minded artist, but also as his version of a self-portrait.

Huffington Post
July 17, 2012

July 18, 2012

Erik Parker in Life + Times

Artist Erik Parker Talks New Book and New Work
By Yale Breslin
July 18, 2012

Skira Rizzoli just unveiled the first retrospective look at the irreverent and boisterous artwork of painter Erik Parker, which will be accompanied by a major exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. With color at the DNA of his art, we spent some one-on-one time with Mr. Parker and found out a little bit about his vibrant world.

Life + Times
July 18

May 08, 2012

KAWS and Erik Parker included in the 2012 White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction

KAWS and Erik Parker are included in the 2012 White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction, featuring artwork by over 80 artists to support White Columns. All artwork will be on view at White Columns from April 28 – May 12.

White Columns
320 West 13th St.
New York, NY 10014

May 02, 2012

Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance

Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance will be available July 31, 2012. The forthcoming monograph, written by Monica Ramirez-Montagut, will feature a foreword by Peter Saul, and contributions by Angela Stief and KAWS.

Available through Rizzoli New York
July 31, 2012

March 16, 2012

Erik Parker Interview in POST NEW

Erik Parker Interview
By James Oliver

Employing his own wildly inventive architecture and signature neon palate, Erik Parker creates bold, graphic compositions that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life. His visionary paintings draw their inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture— psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip hop and heavy metal— as well as Picasso, Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein.

March 16, 2012

November 17, 2011

Erik Parker's Co-Curated Prophet Royal Robertson Exhibition Reviewed in the New York Times

Prophet Royal Robertson: 'No Proud Bastards' 'Project Stewart Home'
By Roberta Smith
November 17, 2011

Prophet Royal Robertson (1931-97) is not going gently into any outsider-art canon. As demonstrated by the first in-depth exhibition of his art in New York, the efforts of this Louisiana sign painter are too raw and unruly, his style too bristling and changeable. Looking at his work, you appreciate the sublime consistency of artists like Martin Ramirez or James Castle, but this in turn clarifies Robertson's singular and noisome wildness, the volatile fusion of image, language and unvarnished emotion that he achieved. It has been organized by the New York-based artists Scott Ogden and Erik Parker, who discovered Robertson's work in Raw magazine when they were art students and met him the year before he died.

October 21, 2011

Erik Parker co-curates at White Columns

Gallery Prophet Royal Robertson: NO PROUD BASTARDS - curated by Erik Parker and Scott Ogden

Prophet Royal Robertson (1931-1997), originally a sign painter by trade, covered every inch of his Baldwin, Louisiana home and yard with apocalyptic hand-made signs and paintings. Visitors and passersby alike were greeted with large, weather-beaten signs warning, "All Crazy Persons Keep Off Lot" and "No Divorced Whores Allowed". However once you got past these foreboding walls of language, an entirely different world opened up inside his small home.

October 10, 2011

Erik Parker in Beautiful Decay

Go Figure and Ted Gahl on the Lower East Side
By Bill
October 10, 2011

Go Figure is group show curated by Eddie Martinez, and it has a bunch of artists that have appeared on Beautiful/Decay's website and in the book series. There is some very choice work too, it's interesting to see the work together as well. After the jump you can see work by Allison Schulnik, Erik Parker, Jamison Brosseau, and Jose Lerma. Both shows are up until November 13th.

October 06, 2011

Erik Parker at Dodge Gallery

October 6 – November 13, 2011
Reception: Thursday, October 6, 6-8pm

DODGEgallery is pleased to present Go Figure, a group exhibition of 14 artists curated by Eddie Martinez.

August 19, 2011

KAWS and Erik Parker in New York CBS Local News

Pretty on the Inside

The Paul Kasmin Gallery hosts "Pretty on the Inside," a one-of-a-kind group exhibition that features seven amazing artists – Todd James, Tony Matelli, Peter Saul, Karl Wirsum, KAWS, Erik Parker, and Joyce Pensato. Many of the artists included in this project make ironic or subversive works, hijacking the language of cartoons and comics to both celebrate and criticize contemporary culture. Come check it out for yourself! Gallery is open until 6 p.m.

July 19, 2011

Robert Lazzarini, Erik Parker, and Kenny Scharf on Artnet

CHELSEA GALLERY CHANNELS SKATE SHOP - On sale at the pop-up shop, July 21-Sept. 17, 2011, are artist-designed decks, clothing, furniture and accessories. Artists include Erik Parker, Slater Bradley, Jacob Kassay, Kenny Scharf, Robert Lazzarini, Carlton DeWoody, Orly Genger, Tony Bones, Ivory Serra and Shelter Serra (Richard's nephews) and Peter Saul

June 27, 2011

Erik Parker and KAWS in Whitewall

"Pretty on the Inside," an exhibition organized by Erik Parker and KAWS, opened June 23 at the Paul Kasmin Gallery, marking the first collaboration between the two artists. The show includes work by seven American artists: Todd James, KAWS, Tony Matelli, Erik Parker, Joyce Pensato, Peter Saul, and Karl Wirsum.

June 23, 2011

KAWS and Erik Parker at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Paul Kasmin Gallery presents the exhibition Pretty on the Inside, organized by Erik Parker and KAWS. This is the first time that the two artists have collaborated to organize an exhibition. Pretty on the Inside includes works in a range of media by seven American artists: Todd James, KAWS, Tony Matelli, Erik Parker, Joyce Pensato, Peter Saul, and Karl Wirsum. At first glance, these artworks challenge the viewer through their visual intensity, but upon closer inspection, they reveal an inner beauty. Many of the artists included make ironic or subversive works, hijacking the language of cartoons and comics to both celebrate and criticize contemporary culture.

June 22, 2011

Erik Parker and KAWS in Artnet

Jerry and Roberta (no last names needed, à la Sonny and Cher) made a buff entrance to the joyous opening of the group show "Pretty on the Inside" at Paul Kasmin Gallery last Thursday night. I say "buff" because the critical 2 were in fighting trim, wearing matching black motorcycle outfits, after ripping through Europe like contestants in "The Amazing Race."

June 01, 2011

Erik Parker Limited Edition Prints

Today Exhibition A presents Tucked and Untitled (Late Bloomer) by Erik Parker. These archival pigment prints on stretched canvas are hand-signed and numbered by the artist. Each print is a limited edition of 50.

April 04, 2011

Erik Parker: Re-Upped at Collete

From April 4th to 30th

Signing and meeting with Erik Parker on April 4th, 6 to 7 pm.

New York based artist Erik Parker (b. 1968) paints meticulously curated worlds of chaos within his brightly colored, highly saturated canvases. The artist obsessively paints layer upon layer of amorphous shapes, globules and drops pushing each composition to the optical extreme.

Parker's biomorphic subjects not only reference the hallucinogenic psychedelia of American culture in the 1960's, but also historical and contemporary socio-political issues. Informed by a variety of sub cultural themes, including music, graffiti and illustration, Parker offers a profound visual experience beyond his intensely layered forms of text and imagery.

Erik Parker was born in Stuttgart, Germany and studied at the University of Austin, Texas then at SUNY Purchase. Parker's work has been widely published and has earned him several awards. He has exhibited in solo shows in Tokyo, Milan, Manchester, Cologne, New York and Los Angeles, as well as in group shows around the world. It's here about its first exhibition in Paris, which will also present paintings and drawings on paper. A catalog, published by Honor Fraser, its gallery of Los Angeles, will be put on sale.

February 25, 2011

Erik Parker in New American Paintings

Feb/March 2011 Issue

January 27, 2011

Critics' Picks: Erik Parker in ArtForum

This compact selection of works showcases Erik Parker's adept combination of trippy biomorphic figuration and aggressive neon palette, to jolting effect. The canvases and works on paper can be sorted in terms of their (distant) family resemblance to traditional genres, such as portrait and still life.

December 09, 2010

Erik Parker featured in Private Future at Marc Jancou

Marc Jancou Contemporary is pleased to announce Private Future curated by Michael Cline. The selection of artists spans generations and geographical locations but is united through medium and a savvy dialogue with the contemporary world presented in an unconventional way. The exhibition will feature works by Ion Birch, Carter, Scott Cassidy, Thomas Chimes, Jonathan Gardner, Jess, Kurt Kauper, Justin Lieberman, Kerry James Marshall, Erik Parker, Lari Pittman, Peter Saul, Jim Shaw, Torsten Slama, Alexi Worth and Jakub Julian Ziolkowski.

December 07, 2010

Erik Parker paints vivid meaning into bright, manic canvases


When he was in grade school, Erik Parker entertained his juvenile fan base with drawings that mimicked the ones in Mad magazine. He had a gift, one that didn't inspire the word prodigy, but a talent that he finally exploited after dropping out of a San Antonio high school.

Read More.

December 05, 2010

FOCUS: Erik Parker at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents FOCUS: Erik Parker

December 5, 2010-February 6, 2011

The FOCUS exhibition series is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Curator Andrea Karnes for the Museum's Director's Council, a group that supports acquisitions at the Museum. Each FOCUS exhibition presents work by an emerging contemporary artist. FOCUS exhibitions are open to the public and are included in general Museum admission: 10 dollars for adults; 4 dollars for seniors (60 plus( and students with identification; free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members.

October 22, 2010

Beautiful Decay makes studio visit with Erik Parker

Erik Parker was preparing for two solo shows, one in LA, and one in Fort Worth, when I visited his studio in Brooklyn. Parker is known for making large scale paintings that are as comfortable with their roots as they are disorienting with their forms and spaces. First you get a hug, and then a slap. He said he wanted his paintings to still look good 40 years from now. By reorienting Modernist and Pop sensibilities, and then almost using contrapposto to create a balanced but expressive distortion, Parker was remixing some old school classics — like flower still-lives– into something fresh. His LA show is at Honor Fraser and opens on October 30th, and the Fort Worth show is at the Fort Worth Modern and opens on December 5th, and is curated by Andrea Karnes.

October 17, 2010

Erik Parker in Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s

From Op Art in the 1960s to the current explosion of dazzling abstraction, this nationally touring exhibition traces the development of a psychedelic sensibility in the art of the past 40 years. Organized by the San Antonio Museum of Art, Psychedelic showcases figurative and abstract works characterized by intense color and vivid imagery. The artists include such modern masters as Frank Stella, Deborah Remington, Robert Williams, Fred Tomaselli, Victor Vasarely and Ray Rapp.

March 13, 2010

Erik Parker at the San Antonio Museum of Art

Erik Parker features in Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s at the San Antonio Museum of Art. The exhibit showcases psychedelic art from the Op Art of the early 1960s to the abstract and visionary works of today. Curator David Rubin takes the lead in what he calls the first-ever look at the development of a "psychedelic sensibility" in contemporary art of the last 40 years. A 140 page, fully illustrated, full-color. hardcover book, co-published with the MIT Press, accompanies Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s. In the lead essay, exhibition organizer David S. Rubin, The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, presents a cohesive narrative, tying together the relationships among the artists and analyzing their art in terms of content, culture, and history. The exhibit includes artists Albert Alvarez, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Jeremy Blake, Richie Budd, George Cisneros, James Cobb, Jack Goldstein, Alex Grey, Al Held, Mark Hogensen, Constance Lowe, Erik Parker, Lari Pittman, Ray Rapp, Deborah Remington, Susie Rosmarin, Alex Rubio, Sterling Ruby, Frank Stella, Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, Victor Vasarely, Michael Velliquette, and Robert Williams. Exhibit runs through August 1, 2010.

December 04, 2009

Tomoo Gokita, KAWS, and Erik Parker featured in STAGES at Art Basel Miami Beach

STAGES Miami will be open to the public at O.H.W.O.W. Gallery, from 4th to the 6th of December 2009. For more information regarding STAGES, please visit or follow the twitter @stages_09.

888 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, FL 331132
TEL: 305-633-9345
Gallery hours: Fri-Sat, 12-8pm, Sun 12-6pm

October 21, 2009

Erik Parker and Kenny Scharf in Too Big to Fail: Big Paintings

Erik Parker and Kenny Scharf are participating in Too Big to Fail: Big Paintings, a group show sponsored by La Montagne Gallery. Artists include Liz Markus, Justin Craun, Mike Diana, Daniel Heidkamp, Caitlin MacBride, Brian Faucette, Kadar Brock, Quentin Curry, Eric Wendel, Justin Samson, Allison Schulnik, Pedro Barbeito, Alicia Gibson, and Tom Sanford. The exhibition is on view at 395 Flatbush Avenue Extension in downtown Brooklyn and the opening reception will be held on October 23rd from 6 - 8pm.

September 30, 2009

Erik Parker COSMIC print released by Art City Editions

Art City Editions has released a vibrant print by Erik Parker:

COSMIC, 2009
Pigment Print on German Etching Paper
Image: 18 x 24 inches, Paper: 21 x 27 1/2 inches
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil

The work has been printed in a limited edition of 25, plus 7 artist proofs and is available for purchase at

May 01, 2009

The New Yorkers

V1 Gallery in Copenhagen will be opening a group exhibition with a selection of New York artists and will feature work by Erik Parker and KAWS. Curated by Todd James. Show will run May 5- June 20, 2009. For more information please visit here.

February 26, 2009

Crisis Creation

Erik Parker will open a new solo exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York tonight. Show will run through March 28th. For more information please visit

February 16, 2008

Between Lines

Erik Parker opens a new exhibition of work tonight at Marianne Boesky Gallery in the project space. For more information please visit