NEAL PARKS Art+Design
Vision & Collaboration
Contemplative - Spiritually Evocative - Spatially Aware are experiential concepts that describe what Neal Parks brings forth to viewers and an ever growing roster of corporate and private collectors. For over 3 decades Parks has created his visionary canvases executed with a signature style of abstract, calligraphic mark-making utilizing oil paint sticks. He specializes in client collaborations with the creation of site-specific paintings for the aesthetic enhancement of residential and corporate environments. He also offers interior decorating consultation.
Neal showed signs early on as a child that he was destined for creative pursuits with an affinity for drawing and an interest in things architectural. He holds fine art degrees from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (BFA Painting, 1984) and Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI (MFA Painting, 1993).
In recent years
Parks has also broadened his creative output with other types of image/experience making projects: The 2009-ongoing Social Onion Project utilizes his mark making skills with pen projected on a singular photograph. With over 200 images thus far, at its core this, sometimes humorous, series deals with the universal issue of vulnerability and perceptions of protection with vestment/armor, while serving in a running dialogue about race and gender politics.
A 2006-ongoing art/dance collaboration with faculty from the Mt. Holyoke College Dance Dept. resulted in the development of a performance piece titled Written On the Body. It features an interaction between the artist and a dancer with live digital projection. This unique, well received performance piece has been performed at numerous venues over the years.
Parks has found fresh inspiration from these side projects and in recent years from the process of collage making, all part of his lifelong joie d'expression créative.
As a teacher Parks enjoys sharing his passion for his craft. He works primarily with college level students and has taught courses ranging from art history to color theory and traditional 2D art making skills. Since 2011 he has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Eastern Connecticut State University.
His work is in corporate and residential collections from the Silicon Valley to the Connecticut River Valley.
For more information, or interest in collaborating with Neal through commissioning, design consulting and exhibiting opportunities, or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch and explore a concept. Scheme and dream!