Graydon Parrish: A bridge between realist and contemporary painting

Artist Graydon Parrish is a primarily figurative realist painter living in Austin, Texas. Born to parents that are collectors of nineteenth century American and European art, Parrish was exposed to the atelier method of classical painting techniques and encouraged to pursue an academic figurative style of drawing and painting. The artist attended the New York Academy of Art where he connected with other students who have become leaders in the classical art revival. After his time at the academy Graydon Parrish spent time remodeling color theories by Albert Munsell and Josef Albers to fit traditional painting methods. Due to the heavy classical feel to his pieces, the style of his work is oftentimes seen as something of the past despite its rich beauty and feeling. However, Parrish has proven to be somewhat of a groundbreaking bridge between the world of realist painting and that of contemporary art. He uses image composition including multiple figures, similar to the way of many Old Masters, and constructs scenes that hold themes very relevant to today’s world. Especially of note is his work, The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy: September 11, 2001, a large 18 foot by 7.5 foot masterpiece depicting the tragedy of 9/11 with beautifully composed figures, streaming with an enormous amount of pure emotion. Enjoy Parrish’s amazing work below and be sure to leave a comment!

graydon parrish figure drawing figure painting portrait academic art hyperrealism representational full color art 9/11 twin towers american british contemporary art shadedminds

graydon parrish figure drawing figure painting portrait academic art hyperrealism representational full color art 9/11 twin towers american british contemporary art shadedminds

graydon parrish figure drawing figure painting portrait academic art hyperrealism representational full color art 9/11 twin towers american british contemporary art shadedminds

graydon parrish figure drawing figure painting portrait academic art hyperrealism representational full color art 9/11 twin towers american british contemporary art shadedminds

graydon parrish figure drawing figure painting portrait academic art hyperrealism representational full color art 9/11 twin towers american british contemporary art shadedminds

graydon parrish figure drawing figure painting portrait academic art hyperrealism representational full color art 9/11 twin towers american british contemporary art shadedminds

graydon parrish figure drawing figure painting portrait academic art hyperrealism representational full color art 9/11 twin towers american british contemporary art shadedminds

graydon parrish figure drawing figure painting portrait academic art hyperrealism representational full color art 9/11 twin towers american british contemporary art shadedminds

graydon parrish figure drawing figure painting portrait academic art hyperrealism representational full color art 9/11 twin towers american british contemporary art shadedminds

graydon parrish figure drawing figure painting portrait academic art hyperrealism representational full color art 9/11 twin towers american british contemporary art shadedminds

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  1. Rosalina says:

    very fascinating artist and wonderful article, thank you for sharing!

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