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William Parker

Oakville, ON

Artist Statement

William Parker’s art explores the relationships between memory, emotion and sensory input. Why do past events often leave behind memories and feelings that are utterly disproportionate to their original significance? Why do some trivial events become memorable and evocative when others do not? What is the physical connection between emotion and memory?
These are the questions that motivate William Parker’s practice. The attempt to communicate the intangible is endlessly challenging, but made possible by the viewers’ and artist’s shared humanity.
William works mainly in acrylics, in a gestural abstract expressionist style inspired by the work of abstract expressionists from the 1950s and early 60s such as Willem de Kooning and the heavily worked surfaces of his ‘urban’ and Parkway landscapes, and Richard Diebenkorn’s Albuquerque and Berkeley landscapes. For William, both artists achieve an unstudied, immediate, spontaneous feel that belies the craft at the heart of their pictures.

Artist Bio

William Parker is an abstract expressionist painter. His work is inspired primarily by mid-century abstract expressionists and current artists including Reginald Sylvester II, Eddie Martinez and Joe Bradley. He is self-taught, with occasional courses taken at Queen Elizabeth Park, Dundas Valley School of Art, and Visual Arts Mississauga.
William Parker’s work has been selected for inclusion in juried shows at Visual Arts Mississauga, Oakville Art Society’s Art In The Park, Queen West Art Crawl, Leslie Grove Gallery, and Riverdale ArtWalk. William’s work is also proudly displayed by collectors in Hong Kong, the UK, the US, and Canada.

Paintings by William Parker

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Barely Scratching the Surface
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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Every Colour of the Rainbow
By William Parker
59.25 X 29.5 in
$1750

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Signs of Life
By William Parker
40 X 30 in
$1200

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5th Period
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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Cheeky Monkey
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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Boogie Fever
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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Hot And Cold
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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Okay?
By William Parker
33 X 24 in
$800

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The Yellow Pig
By William Parker
40 X 30 in
$1200

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What’s Not to Like?
By William Parker
59.25 X 29.5 in
$1750

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Aruba
By William Parker
37 X 53 in
$2150

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Frenzy
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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Gettin’ Rowdy
By William Parker
40 X 30 in
$1200

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The Tempest
By William Parker
40 X 30 in
$1200

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Funhouse Mirror
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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Windows On The River
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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An Early Snow
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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Gotta Bounce
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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October through the Car Window
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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Scratch That
By William Parker
36 X 36 in
$1300

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