Calligraphic Paintings by Jose Parla

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José Parlá's - who now works in New York - created his own unique style which reminds of great calligraphic letters. His life, like his work, is at once extremely particular and generally reflective of the wanderings of today's urban populations. Each painting bears the name of the location or experience from which it draws its source.

Artwork by Jose Parla

My work is inspired by the anonymous art found in the streets. The art is often in the form of calligraphy or the actions of torn and stripped posters. The inscriptions in my work are used as a form of drawing, and to maintain a record of my observations. In my travels I have encountered a similar dialogue that takes place in most cities. I find compositions on surfaces of deteriorated walls, and remnants of construction markings. In my paintings I create layers and textures representing the age of memories collected through different periods of my life. Evidence is left on walls by fleeting creators both aware of their message, or oblivious to what I may find in their signs. Still, they remain mostly unidentified. When working on my paintings I imagine different people are making choices to write, paint, or destroy the surfaces. To do this I employ techniques to age my work, adopting materials normally used in construction. I am using my imagination to capture the psychology of a segmented reality. These realities which are deposited into our subconscious everyday are the basis for a dialogue that goes mostly unnoticed. Once these "segmented realities" or images are transferred and converted into paintings they become a "memory document" , a sort of time capsule for my experience in history. With this language I hope to communicate and provoke thoughts of the past and present conditions in the human spirit.

Where to find him on the web

JoseParla.com - Website & Portfolio

Artwork by Jose Parla

Artwork by Jose Parla

Artwork by Jose Parla

Artwork by Jose Parla

Artwork by Jose Parla

Artwork by Jose Parla

Artwork by Jose Parla

Artwork by Jose Parla

Artwork by Jose Parla

Where to find him on the web

JoseParla.com - Website & Portfolio

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