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José Parlá

Between Red & Purple, 2012

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Lot 6
Acrylic, spray paint, and ink on canvas
20.0 x 24.0 in (50.8 x 61.0 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed on verso


This work ships from the United States.


Artist José Parlá’s works are wildly colorful and energetic in nature, often involving a dizzying field of lines and markings dancing across the entirety of the surface on which they are deposited. His practice incorporates the use of calligraphy, re-examined in a contemporary art context. The present piece marries shades of red and purple throughout the background, while frenzied paint splatters traverse the foreground.

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About José Parlá

José Parlá (American, b. 1973) is an American artist known for his palimpsest-like works. He focuses on transcription and reconfiguration of his experiences to serve as a collection of textually chronicled memories. Using a calligraphic code, the markings of his works appear on backdrops that resemble the distressed surfaces he encounters, like city walls marred from layers of paint, old posters, and years of neglect. Considering himself a storyteller, Parlá presents a leitmotif of an enigmatic narrative, reaching to translate moments that only a visual dialogue can convey.