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Original Gouche by Ariel Parkinson, Bay Area Abstract Expressionist
Ariel Parkinson is a noted San Francisco Bay Area artist best known for her paintings, set design, costuming, and installation art; much of which was commissioned for the San Francisco Ballet in the 1970's-1990's. She has been exhibited in two one-artist shows at the San Francisco Museum of Art, as well as being in the permanent collections of other major art museums. The art historian Alfred Neumeyer wrote about her artwork, which fuses Surrealist imagination with Abstract Expressionist painterly freedom: "Design and color move toward each other but are never identical. Figures appear in profile like the dream-echoes of a classical world. Colors are evocations and essences, not descriptions and decorations". The work being offered represents a rare opportunity to acquire a work by Parkinson, as they seldom come up for sale. This work most probably dates from the late 1970's or early 1980's, her most noted period of creative output. The gouache features a pan figure in shades of green, chartreuse, brown, ocher, and gray, as its central focus (possibly a dancer) in an abstracted naturalistic environment. It measures a full 13 3/4" images size, inset within a interior mat; the framed piece measuring 21" x 21" and is signed "Ariel"on the bottom right (not dated, though it might be dated, hidden within the mat). It is in excellent condition. Please feel free to email me with any questions pertaining to this fine work.
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