Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
New York

Jon Parlangeli

  • 20150125175431-opus_nirvana
  • 20150115134947-the_last_days_of_caligula_final_for_use
  • 20141219235518-am2
  • 20141208171157-erector_set_12-5
  • 20140813194447-zenith-oil__acrylic_and_spray_paint_on_canvas__48x48
  • 20140927150137-suspicion_in_memphis_shot_2
  • 20140504040451-teddy_bear__2013__oil_and_acrylic_on_canvas__48x48__jon_parlangeli
  • 20140813194853-running_from_guns__oil_and_acrylic_on_canvas__60x72
  • 20130601202908-invasion_80s__jon_parlangeli__oil__acrylic_and_spray_paint_on_canvas__diptych_48x72__4000
  • 20150125180052-parlangeli_the_sabine
  • 20140813195042-green_on_green-oil_on_linen__15x30
  • 20140813195239-the_absolute-oil__acrylic_and_spray_paint_on_canvas__24x36
  • 20140716144017-the_tower_48x60
  • 20130601203117-diamonds__jon_parlangeli__acrylic_and_spray_paint_on_canvas__diptych_24x48__2900
  • 20130822131439-for_the_benetton_small_works_project---americana__mixed_media_on_canvas__2013_4x5
  • 20130822132749-john_15_edited
  • 20130601203429-debt_collect_-wet_paint_studio_shot-_jon_parlangeli__oil__acrylic_and_spray_paint_on_canvas__48x72
  • 20130601203705-an_imperfect_peace__jon_parlangeli__oil_and_acrylic_on_linen__60x72__4000
  • 20130822131556-california_wildfire__watercolor_on_arches__2011_44x45
  • 20130822131730-the_day__watercolor_on_arches__2012_54x56
  • 20140330141241-20140329_133517_edited
  • 20140716145257-window_2_edited_edited
  • 20131121150010-20131119_185125_resized
  • 20130925041325-its_a_light_riot_
  • 20130914180717-nature_or_nurture__acrylic_and_archival_inks_on_gold_foiled_aluminum__2013
  • 20130912194458-metal_with_black_for_saatchi
  • 20130831163635-metal_print_on_easel_crop_crop
  • 20130601204202-money_talks_scale_shot
  • 20130601211235-war_20and_20peace_202005_203_5x5_5ft_20oil_20on_20canvas
  • 20130601204609-henry_ford_the_evolution_of_discovery__jon_parlangeli__oil_on_canvas__72x84__sold_-commission_pc
  • 20130822144406-the_critic-_72inx72in-oil-_2300
  • 20130601210652-the_upset-_36inx48in-oil-1100
  • 20130601211126-cigarettes_20in_20hell_202006_206x6_20ft
  • 20130601210622-some_older_figurative_work
  • 20130601204759-commission_for_toyota_motor_company-from_lotus_blossons__oil_and_acrylic_on_canvas__2012__36x48
  • 20130907191446-cranbrook_gardens_66x84_2013_crop_crop
  • 20130907191600-stony_gardens-lilac_tree_66x66__oil_on_canvas_crop
  • 20130907191712-tracys_bouquet_48x70__2nd_shot_oil_on_canvas_crop
  • 20130907191818-tracys_bouquet_ii__oil_on_canvas_48x66
  • 20141012160535-image_07
  • 20141012160556-image_05
  • 20141012160610-image_04
  • 20141012160616-image_01
  • 20141012161501-image_03
  • 20141012161524-1000_petals__oil_on_canvas_2013
  • 20141012161906-beaux_jours_d__ete__oil_on_canvas__24x24__2014__jon_parlangeli
  • 20150728123804-image
  • 20150728123833-image
  • 20150728123847-image


Works in


graffiti/street-art, modern, landscape, pop, conceptual, mixed-media, figurative, abstract, fauvist, Cubist, impressionist, space, line, color, Art, Spray paint, watercolor, acrylic, oil




I have been painting in and around Detroit for over 25 years with artwork placed in both public and private collections. I was first educated at Western Michigan University studying sculpture in the late 80s. Eventual bronze and steel patina experimentation lent credence to painting and me away from WMU in 1991 towards the Detroit art scene and Wayne State University’s painting department. At Wayne I was able to flourish with my new medium, oil, and begin my lifelong journey into paint not only as a simple medium, but a vehicle for sensory experimentation and transformation.
My work is rooted in abstract expressionism, impressionism and also a nod to cubism in years past. Each genre furthers my passion for the medium and satiates my mood for imagery no matter which vehicle I choose to convey my message. I do work on a larger scale whenever possible. Scale is important to me in defining the relationship between artist and artwork and audience and artwork. Through process and experimentation the work becomes an amalgamation of color, line and texture infused with natural history, modern thought and perception. Process is everything to my work, and generally outweighs the final product in terms of importance because of the informational and emotional release of creation.
My goal is to initially draw viewers into the image as a whole and become become comfortable with scale, light and the relationships of color and movement. Upon further reflection a sense of nuance appears; the accidental and purposeful relationships of any scale that resonate and become apparent as primal, and finally drifting back again to debate the overall impact of the message be it natural, sociological, or otherwise.

When my career as a painter began it seemed all I wanted to paint was trauma genres; to make bold statements regarding the injustices of the world through simple but narrowly defined concepts. I consider it important work for my career, but also the work of a youth passionately influenced by the German Expressionists as well as singular works such as Picasso’s Guernica. As my career progressed I began to delve deeper into the medium forsaking some immediate messaging.  The influence of Van Gogh and De Kooning filtered in. Van Gogh’s texture and line work congealed with De Kooning’s compositions and forceful use of paint caused me to create hybrid messaging that relied more on subtlety with increased focus on direct color and line relationships. By 2010 that direction carried me away from the figure almost completely and closer to abstraction expressionism.  The paint itself was speaking more forcefully through my process. This is not to say that my paintings are now bereft of sociological, political or otherwise messaging, but that their representation in my work is now defined with a different thought, a more mature understanding of the art and its context in the world around me.

I prefer to work in oils whenever possible for the absolute beauty and intensity, but also utilize acrylics, watercolor and spray paint depending on the effect I am looking for. I am obsessed with what paint can do; be it painted, poured, tossed, globbed on or scraped. Happy accidents and planned execution of paint provide an unlimited dialogue of perception at its most primal. If I am not painting thickly, then I typically liquefy the paint using a mixture of oils, resins and other vehicles. These additives act as thinners along with highly pigmented paints that can withstand thinning without compromising color quality. In this manner of painting reactions are just as important as actions as the paint takes on a life of its own when it meets complimentary or contradictory elements.


Jon Parlangeli





BFA- Wayne State University 1994

College for Creative Studies, Detroit MI

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI




Art Detroit-Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit, MI 2014

Big Paintings at the Factory-Midland Invitational-333 Midland, Highland Park MI 2014

Re:View-A CCS Alumni Show-CCS Valade Gallery, Detroit MI 2014


Characterized by Color: Paintings by Jon Parlangeli, Wayne County Community College, Visiting Artists and Lecture Series,  Detroit MI--September-November 2013

Landscapes by Jon Parlangeli- BUC, Bloomfield Hills MI-October 2013

Stretch the Stranglehold-4731 Gallery, Detroit MI-September 2013

Benetton Small Canvas Project, 2013 Venice Biennale via Library Street Gallery in partnership with the Luciano Benetton Foundation, Detroit MI, Followed by Imago Mundi Benetton Book:Contemprary Arts From the USA 

 2012 Painting Invitational, 4731 Gallery, DetroitMI 2012

Watercolor: A New Perspective, WayneStateUniversity, Detroit, MI 2011

Paintings by Jon Parlangeli, Pittman Puckett Gallery, Ferndale, MI 2010

The Small Show, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit MI 2009

Jon Parlangeli at the Lotus Gallery, Black Lotus, Clawson, MI 2009

Wet Paint: New Paintings by Jon Parlangeli, 2007 Michigan Institute of Art (MIA), Pontiac, MI
Collector’s Choice Group Show-May 2006 Michigan Institute of Art (MIA), Pontiac, MI
Best of the Best Group Show, 2005 PF Galleries, Clawson, MI

C-Pop Annual Group shows, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 C-Pop Gallery, Detroit MI
Ism Schism- Two painters-1998 C-Pop Gallery , Detroit, MI
The Sex Show, 1997 C-Pop Gallery, Detroit MI
New Paintings by Jon Parlangeli, 1997 Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, Mi
The Uninvited Group Show, 1996 Museum of New Art (M.O.N.A.), Pontiac, MI
Patrimonio, The Legacy of Italian Art in Michigan, 1996 Sponsored by the government of Italy and Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Emerging Artists, 1995 Start Gallery, Birmingham MI
Clean Slate, 1994 Start Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Emerging Artists, 1993 Janice Charach Epstein Museum Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI


Public Art Commissions:

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, PontiacMI, via Aesthetics Inc of San Diego, CA,  2014

Circuit Court, Oakland County MI 2013

Circuit Court, Oakland County MI 2012

Toyota Motor Corporation, Ann Arbor MI 2012

International Bancard Inc, Clawson MI, 2012

Henry Ford Health Systems Detroit, Macomb and West Bloomfield, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (approximately 40 paintings total placement within HFHS)

Henry Ford Innovation Institute, Detroit MI, 2011

Northern Regional Health System: Permanent Collection (John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion), Petoskey MI, 2011

Langdon and Associates, Madison Heights MI 2010



Contemporary Artists From the USA, Imago Mundi/Luciano Benetton Foundation, 2013

Studio Visit Magazine, June 2013




Recent Exhibits

Jon Parlangeli participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2013 Charachterized by Color-Paintings by Jon Parlangeli
Brown and Juanita C. Ford Art Gallery
Jan, 2011 Jon Pickell & Anita Andersons @ Black Lotus Brewery
Black Lotus Brewery
Exhibited at these venues
Jon Parlangeli has Exhibited at these venues:

Brown and Juanita C. Ford Art Gallery
curated with these artists
Jon Parlangeli has curated with these artists:

Anita Andersons Jon Pickell
curated at these venues
Jon Parlangeli has curated at these venues:

Black Lotus Brewery
Main-addtags-e34eec31c32d9b3d6d0f704be2c1d8be add to mylistEmail email this artistWarn16_1-74f74bcef3e4988600cddc35e070bc1e report abuseMain-help-a4a5bbe5ed1f90845e14fcde7ee9776a contact us for help

Copyright © 2006-2012 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.