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Susan Parish

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Blue Island, Illinois

Lives in
Oakland, CA

Works in
Oakland, CA


Univ. of Illinois, The University of Illinois - Champaign, 1963
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1971, BA

Representing galleries
Autobody Fine Art Gallery, Gray Loft Gallery

digital, modern, conceptual, sculpture, abstract


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Both my digital drawings and sculpture have to do with the animal spirit, not in the sense of cat dog or tiger but rather all animals. We are at the root animals. We share longings, fears, love, and  a drive towards sexual expression with other sentient beings. If we have a billion neurons in our brains, which we do, what does experience look like? I am after that or those images of experience.

In my work I try to express sensations of fear, pain, and the human need to comprehend the future, trying hard to look ahead through chaos (uncertainty) which greets us every day. Or the need to believe in the illusion of order and certainty.










Born Blue Island, Illinois


Education: University of Illinois

Wayne State University B.A. Painting and Printmaking





Agnes Bourne Inc, San Francisco CA

Anne Reed Gallery, Sun Valley Idaho

Richard Himmel, Chicago Illinois

18th Street Galley, Santa Monica, CA




Munios de Dao,  2013 Portugal


KALA, 2012 Month to month Residency 2012, Berkeley, CA


Whiskeytown National Park, Whiskeytown, CA. Curated by Michael Schwager





Gary Danko and Greg Lopez, San Francisco

Katie and Drew Gibson, Carmel, CA / Sun Valley ID

Agnes and James Bourne, San Francisco

Lona and Mark O'Conner, Boca Raton, FL

Suzy Barnard and Michael Singsen, San Francisco

Paula Berg, Scottsdale, Az

Erin Parish , Miami, Florida

Dr. Jerry Fernandez, Palo Alto, CA

Catherine Bacon, Novato, CA



                         - Herradura Tequila Barrel Sculpture Competion San Francisco, CA 2013 (One of ten chosen in the Bay Area Competing for $10,000 award and opportunity to have work displayed at Miami Winter Art Fair and compete agsanist nine other artists for $100,000 award)

                        -A & O Gallery, Oakland, CA Three Artists 2013

                         -Gray loft Gallery , Eight Artists 2013

                         -ProArts Gallery Members Exhibition

                        -Gray Loft Gallery,  Group Exhibition 2012

                       - Gray Loft Gallery, The Love Show, 2012, 2013, Oakland, CA

                       -AutobodyFine Art Gallery, Alameda CA Jan 2012 One Woman Show

                       -Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA 2011

                       -Pro Arts, Box Art Benefit 2010

-Open Studios 2010

-Gallery 4:20, Oakland, CA 2010

-Galley 4:20. Oakland, CA 2009

-Oakland Museum of Art “Artists Books” 2010

-Whiskeytown Natl. Park Center 2009, “One Person Show”,Whiskeytown, CA

-Oakland Museum of Art “Artists Books” 2009

-Gallery 159 “Everyday Objects” Vallejo, CA 2008

-Pro Arts, “Box Art Benefit”, Oakland, CA 2008

-Los Angeles Museum of Digital Arts “Open Walls”, L.A., CA 2008

-Pro Arts “Emerging Artists”, Oakland, CA 2003 

-San Francisco Museum Artists Gallery “Artists Making Furniture” 1995

-Agnes Bourne, Inc. One Person Show: “Frames” 1995

-Belcher Gallery, SF, CA “Three Person Show” 1995

-Seattle Art Fair, Represented by Anne Reed Gallery 1995

-SOFA International Art Furniture Exhibition, Chicago Navy Pier, Represented

by Richard Himmel/ Agnes Bourne 1995

-Fashion Institute Of Technology, NY, NY “Art from the Environment” 1994

-Anne Reed Gallery, Sun Valley, Id. “Sculpture Visions Transformed” 1994

-International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Jacob Javits Center, New York

Represented by Agnes Bourne 1994, 1995

-Metropolis Magazine Competition “Environmental Efforts Exhibition” Jacob Javits Center in conjunction with the International Contemporary Furniture

Exhibition, New York 1993

-Indiana University Art Gallery, Bloomtington, N “One Woman Show” 1989

 Indiana Museum of Art Annual Exhibition , Indianapolis, Indiana 1990








Recent Exhibits

Susan Parish participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2015 NATURE (re)DEFINED
Gray Loft Gallery
Nov, 2014 There Is a There There
Gray Loft Gallery
Jan, 2014 Los Vecinos
Gray Loft Gallery
Feb, 2013 2nd Annual Love Show
Gray Loft Gallery
Jan, 2013 TRANSPORT: Where we go from here...
Pro Arts Gallery
Apr, 2012 10 Connect :: A group show of ten artists
Gray Loft Gallery
Click here to see all exhibits for Susan Parish

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