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James Parenti

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Female Figure Stretching, 2007 Oil On Canvas 60 X 60 In © James Parenti
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Figure, Seated and Reaching Ahead, 2007 Oil On Canvas 65 X 65 Inches (165 X 165 Cm)
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Figure With Outstretched Hand, 2007 Oil On Canvas 48 X 24 Inches (122 X 61 Cm) © James Parenti
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Figure in Blue, 2010 Oil On Canvas 36 X 48 In (91 X 122cm) © James Parenti
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Reclining Male and Female, 2007-2008 Oil On Canvas 60 X 60 In (152 X 152 Cm) © James Parenti
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Doug, 2006 Oil On Canvas 30 X 40 In (76 X 102cm) © James Parenti
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Tor, 2005 Oil On Canvas 20 X 30 In (51 X 76 Cm) © James Parenti
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Reclining Figure With Hands Outstretched, 2007 Oil On Canvas 36 X 36 Inches (91 X 91 Cm) © James Parenti
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Clasped Hands, 2007 Oil On Canvas 24 X 36 In (61 X 91 Cm) © James Parenti
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Hands #2, 2007 Oil On Canvas 40 X 30in (102 X 76 Cm) © James Parenti
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Reaching Figure
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Flowers #1, 2015 Oil On Canvas 24" X 30" (61cm X 76cm)
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Flowers #2, 2016 Oil On Canvas 24in X 30in © James Parenti
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Chicago
Birth year
1976
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Schools
University of Illinois
Tags
figurative
Statement

I'm an oil painter based in Chicago. When I'm not painting, I work, also creatively, as a designer and programmer.

Although I do several different types of paintings, the series featured on this website is called "Bubbles & Blurs". This style combines my interest in the art of several different eras and the techniques and imagery associated with each. Early cubism is an influence, as is some of  the work of the post-impressionist era, but I also admire more contemporary artists like David Hockney. My work reflects the influence of some of his own fractured-image pieces. 

Where I differ from these artists is in style and choice of subject matter, which has more to do with my interest in the Italian Renaissance. The pieces I call "blurs" are an extension of the "bubble" works. Instead of breaking the image into circles, I paint some areas very precisely and apply a painterly obscuring, or blurring, to other parts. The aim in making this work is to create paintings that feel modern but incorporate aspects of art from much earlier eras.

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