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April Dawn Parker

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Lives in
Mill Valley

Works in
Sausalito, CA

Website

Schools
Brown University, B.A.
Yale University School of Art, 1 yr. of MFA, Graphic Design

Representing galleries

Tags
abstract, contemporary, oil

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
May, 2014 Nest
Gallerie Citi
 
Statement

STATEMENT

Having moved around a lot during childhood and after, I became fascinated by maps at an early age. All told, I have lived in 39 different homes and I appreciate getting my bearings in new locations.

Conceptually, I think both about maps as things that explain layered physical spaces, allowing you to see from varying distances, while also thinking about mapping as capturing a story or history. Through my memory, I can map out the past and sort out a sequence of events. When I paint, I am creating abstract maps that explore specific times and places.  As maps distort reality through reduction and simplification, so does memory through reconstruction; the mapping I create in my work merges these various layers of distortion.

In my current series, started in 2013, I am exploring the seventeen locations I lived in from birth to age seventeen. These paintings explore personal narrative as connected to these particular places. As our formative years can function as a creative pool from which to draw throughout our lives, with perhaps the traumatic experiences being more impactful than the celebratory, I titled this series "The Well." I lived primarily in the country during my childhood, where a well was a place to draw sustenance (water), while also posing danger (the deep, dark hole).

The sources that inspire the visual building blocks I use in my work range from aerial photography, cartography and beehives, to geometry and cellular imagery. 

 

BIO

 

Parker has worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, New York, and now Mill Valley, CA. She is a graduate of Brown University, having earned a BA with honors, and she completed one year of graduate study at Yale University School of Art in the MFA Graphic Design program. She currently lives in Mill Valley with her family and paints out of her studio in the historic Industrial Center Building in Sausalito. Her work is in numerous public and private collections and she is represented by Gallerie Citi in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

CV  
 

EDUCATION

1994  Brown University, BA with Honors, Providence, RI
2001/02  Yale University, Schl. of Art, one year of Graphic Design MFA program, New Haven, CT

 

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Gallerie Citi

"Nest," a two-person exhibition: Alyson Belcher and April Dawn Parker

May 10th, 2014 – June 30th, 2014

Artist's reception: Saturday, May 10th, 5:00 – 7:00pm


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND HONORS

2014

Nest, Two-person exhibition, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA

Dart for Art, Lymelight Foundation 3rd Annual Auction, Burlingame, CA

2013

Narbutas Spring Art Salon, Two-person exhibition, Ross, CA

Small Works Holiday Show, Group show, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA

Gallerie Citi, Selected for representation, Director Andra Norris, Burlingame, CA

33rd Faber Birren Natl. Color Award Show, National juried exhibition, Stamford Art Assoc., Stamford, CT
     (Juror Derek Leka, Faculty at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT)

Works on Paper, National juried exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD
     (Juror Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, Library of Congress, Washington, DC)

Bold, Juried exhibition, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
     (Juror Robert Green, Director of Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA)

Out of the Blue, Juried exhibition, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA
     (Juror Ruth Braunstein, Director of Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA)

2012

Colorida Gallery, Group show, Lisbon, Portugal

Dwell Magazine Home Tours: Marin, Featured artist, Dehn Bloom Design, Mill Valley, CA

Marin Designer’s Showcase, Estate tour, works presented by SBFA, Tiburon, CA

One King’s Lane, Inaugural fine art sale, works presented by SBFA, San Francisco, CA

2011 

Headlands Center for the Arts, Silent auction, San Francisco, CA

Chocolate Party Art Show, Group show, SBFA, Mill Valley, CA

Serena and Lily Art Bazaar, On-line fine art sale, presented by SBFA, Mill Valley, CA

2010 

Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts Consulting (SBFA), Selected to join artist roster, Mill Valley, CA

Industrial Center Building, Open Studios, Sausalito, CA

Marin Arts Council, Open Studios, Sausalito, CA


SELECTED PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Allison and Jim Bloom, Mill Valley CA

Rob and Mary Bole, Silver Spring, MD

Bill and Jennifer Lynch, Portland, OR

Kes and Laura Narbutas, Ross, CA

Offices of Alto Law, Portland OR

Offices of One Economy, Portland OR


MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS

2014

Paula Bolduc, "April Dawn Parker Exhibition Review: Small Works at Gallerie Citi," Review, SplashMagazines.com, March 22, 2014

FolioLink Newsletter, “Clients in the Spotlight,” Profiled artist, January 2014 

2013

Rebecca Wilson, Director, Saatchi Online, Selected for “The Bright Fantastic" Collection, December 3, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Rebecca Wilson, Director, Saatchi Online, Selected for “New this Week” Collection, August 26, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Natalie Hegert, Editor, ArtSlant VIEWS e-newsletter and ArtSlant Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, “Featured Artist”  for the week of July 9, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

ArtSlant 8th Showcase, National "Juried Select Winner: Abstract," October, 2013, Los Angeles, CA (Jurors Veronica Bruce, Wendi Norris and Charlie Hood)

ArtSlant 5th Showcase, National "Juried Select Winner: Abstract," July 2013, Los Angeles, CA
(Jurors Neysa Page-Lieberman, Darren Jones and Deb Klowden Mann)

FolioLink.com "FolioLink Presents: April Dawn Parker," Profile, December 2013, Falls Church, VA

Soren Hemmila, “ICB Artists Exposed,” MarinScope.com, Quoted artist, December 5th, 2013, Sausalito, CA

Benny Shaboy, Editor, Art Opportunities Monthly, e-newsletter, May 2013, p. 18, Benicia, CA

2012

Dwell.com, “Dwell Home Tours: Mill Valley Loft,” Featured painter, Dehn Bloom Design, April 28th, 2012, San Francisco, CA

Mary Jo Bowling, “Interior Alchemy,” CA Home and Design magazine, Featured Artist, July/August 2012, p. 124-131, San Francisco, CA

2011

Frank Mallicoat, Anchor, “Bay Sunday,” CBS BAY CHANNEL 5, Interview, November 20, 2011, San Francisco, CA

7x7 SF blog, “ICB Artists Winter Open Studios: 11 Artists to Keep Your Eyes On,” Selected artist, November. 29, 2011, San Francisco, CA

MarinMagazine.com, “RSVP Hot Ticket: 2011 ICB Winter Open Studios,”  December, 2011, Sausalito, CA


GALLERY AFFILIATION

Gallerie Citi, Director Andra Norris, Burlingame, CA


MEMBERSHIPS

de Young and Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Industrial Center Building Artists’ Association, Sausalito, CA

Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, CA

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

Recent Exhibits

April Dawn Parker participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2013 ICB Open Studios
Industrial Center Building
 
Dec, 2013 Small Works Holiday Show
Gallerie Citi
 
Oct, 2013 33rd Faber Birren National Color Award Show
Stamford Art Association
 
May, 2013 Gallerie CIti
Gallerie Citi
 
Mar, 2013 "Works on Paper" national juried by Juror Katherine Blood
Maryland Federation of Art
 
Feb, 2013 "Bold" Juried Show
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts
 
Click here to see all exhibits for April Dawn Parker

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