James ParkerU.S. 1933-1985
Jim Parker completed numerous works similar to this untitled drawing in the middle to late seventies. Their interlacing colors create a simultaneous flatness and movement, yet their subtle gradations produce a relaxing mood. Many abstract artists in the 1950s and 1960s practiced color field painting. Color Field Painting, a branch of Abstract Expressionism, involved the use of large expanses of unmodulated color. Two of its more well-known exponents were Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. However Parker, who exhibited with Ellsworth Kelley, Jules Olitski, Frank Stella, and Kenneth Noland, began in 1971, and continued through the 1980s to take an absolute colorist position. The forms in his works were always subordinated to the interaction of colors.
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