Classically trained artist and scholar Graydon Parrish attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts prior to obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Andy Warhol’s The New York Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College in Massachusetts. Deeply versed in a technique that fuses classical and contemporary realism, Graydon Parrish also spent years as an apprentice of Michael Aviano, a highly regarded authority in the field. Currently a working artist in Austin, Texas, and an Instructor at the Grand Central Academy of Art, Graydon Parrish’s pieces remains a favorite of art collectors including Diane Sawyer and Michael Huffington. Outside of his role as an artist and instructor, Graydon Parrish regularly obtains positions in research and academia. Dedicated to the history of his craft, Graydon Parrish has held a variety of roles in the field, with recent positions as an art historian and a co-author for a catalogue raisonee on Charles Bargue and the Jean-Léon Gérôme catalogue raisoneé. He also contributed editing and research efforts to Charles Bargue and Jean Leon-Gerome: Drawing Course, a book that details noted techniques in the art realm. Outside of many active posts in the art world, Graydon Parrish strives to support means of cultural expression through donations to groups including the Houston Grand Opera, the Austin Lyric Opera, the ZACH Theater, and the Tyler Museum of Art. Graydon Parrish’s most noted allegorical pieces, “Remorse, Despondence and the Acceptance of an Early Death” and “The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy” may be viewed at the Mead Art Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts and the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut, respectively.
1988–1998 Apprenticeship with Michael Aviano,
1992, MFA, painting, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
1999 B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
2009 Enchantment, Joseloff Gallery, The University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
2009 A Figural Presence, Chapel Arts Center, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
2009 Focus on Faces, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
2009 Summer Selections, Hirschl &Adler Galleries, New York, NY
2009 5 X 7 On the Road: Dallas, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas TX
2009 ArtHouse 5 X 7, ArtHouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
2002 The Eloquent Line, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY
2002 The Great American Nude, Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich, CT
2002 The Body Revealed: Two Hundred Years of the American Nude, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
2001 New York Realists Now, Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris, France
2001 Tyler Collects II: A Passion for the Precise: The Salon Tradition, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
2000 New York Classicism Now, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY
1999 Thesis Exhibition, Mead Art Museum, Amherst Collge, Amhert, MA
1995 Recent Acquisitions, Roughton Galleries, Dallas, TX
Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
NOTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Lloyd and Renée Greif
Vernon and Amy Faulkner
Paul and Melinda Sullivan
David and Rita Traff
1999–present Research Associate, Charles Bargue Catalogue Raisonné
1996–present Research Assistant, Jean-Léon Gérôme Catalogue Raisonné
1994–2001 Artist, New York, New York,
2002-2008 Artist, Amherst, MA
2008-present Artist, Austin, TX
2007-present Adjunct Instructor, Grand Central Academy of Art, New York, NY
Peter Trippi, "Enchantment: The Past Casts Its Spell on Artists Today," Enchantment (exh. cat. Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford 2009) pp. 3-5, illus. p. 36.
Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Poetry in a Time of Terror, (Oxford University Press 2009) cover illus. and acknowledgments.
Nancy Thompson, “Five Museums and their Treasures,” Connecticut LIFE, (March 2009) p. 67.
A.J. Mistretta, “A Real Piece of Work,” L-Style, G-Style, (January/February 2009)
Jan Shepherd , “A Steadfast Devotion to American Art,” the Boston Globe, December 21, 2008.
Benjamin Geoncchio, "The Tragedy of 9/11 on a Long Sheet of Canvas," The New York Times, February 18, 2007.
Sarah Beitia, “Parrish Painting Commemorates 9-11,” the Boise Weekly, September 6, 2006.
Deborah Hornblow, “A Tribute To Tragedy: Monumental Painting A Multilayered Remembrance Of 9/11,” The Hartford Courant, September 11, 2006.
The Massachusettes Review (Spring 2004) cover illus.
David Ebony, Jane Harris, Frances Richard, Martha Schwender, Sarah Valdez and Linda Yablonsky, Curve: The Female Nude Now (New York: Universe Publishing/Rizzoli, 2003), pp. 160–1 illus.
Owen McNally, “ Stark Naked,” the Hartford Courant, May 5, 2002
William Zimmer, "ART; Off With the Clothes And on With the Art," the New York Times, July 21, 2002.
Gregory Hedberg, “Short Chagall, Go Long Parrish,” Forbes Global, June, 12, 2000, pp. 106-109.
Dane Hall, “Graydon Parrish,” Magazine Magazine (November 2000), pp. 54, 55 illus. in situ, 56–57 illus., 58 illus. in situ, 59.
Ken Johnson, “New York Classicism Now,” The New York Times (September 8, 2000), p. E35.
Joyce Korotkin, “Short List: Uptown,” The New York Art World (September 2000), pp. 10–11, cover illus.
David Leddick, Male Nude Now: New Visions for the 21st Century (New York: Universe Publishing/Rizzoli, 2001), pp. 74–75 illus. (image reversed).
“A Summa Painting,” College Row, Amherst College Alumni Magazine (Summer 1999).