APRIL: ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Updated: Jul 3, 2019
ARTIST OF THE MONTH: CHRIS PARROTT
American artist, a father of two, and one of our featured artists from last year’s Summer Issue--Chris Parrott.
Let’s get to know more about the artist with these interesting facts!
He is NOT from a family of artists
Parrott came from a family of tennis players. His brother is a U.S. Open Champion (Mixed Doubles 2009) and his father who was a tennis promoter who staged major tennis events in the country.
Chris was a Rockstar
The artist grew up in Portland Oregon, where his my best friend and himself started a Folk/Punk band. They played at venues throughout the city where their first show was at Satyricon, where bands like Nirvana, Hole, and Soundgarden had played years before; the same year they started playing there, another unknown band had their debut live show at Satyricon: the Foo Fighters.
The First Time
His first professional art credit was designing a Davis Cup logo for a tennis jacket when he was 10 years old.
Chris’ first solo exhibition took place when he was 18 in Portland, Oregon, It was also the same year he was awarded a full tuition scholarship to study at Pratt Institute in New York.
Star Wars and Chris
At the age between three to five, Chris says he was obsessed with Star Wars. He would fill his sketchbooks and notepads with highly detailed drawings of characters and vehicles from the Star Wars movie. He started making his own comics when he was 10, and by the age of 13 was making videos and movies almost constantly (some are actually on YouTube now). The only question he ever really had wasn't whether to be an artist, but what medium to focus on.
An Inspiration and His Inspirations
Like any artist, one must have an inspiration(s), and stay inspired. It’s always good to know where, how, whhy, or who makes them so inspired to able to create and keep on creating. So we asked this talented and inspiring artist who his inspiration is.
“Caravaggio is the best painter of all time and very inspiring in terms of the quality of his work. Ingres is probably my favorite painter; he's the one I've spent the most time studying. I also love Degas for his works featuring multiple figures. Compositionally speaking, I am very inspired by Rubens as a designer and draftsman, but I find him to be a subpar painter.
Francis Bacon is my favorite 20th Century painter, but other than him my favorite 20th Century artists are photographers - Cindy Sherman and Robert Mapplethorpe.”