28240 Eldorado Pl.
Lathrup Village, MI 48076
Born: 1933 (Hibbing, Minnesota)
Profession(s): Painter, Printmaker
Known for: Landscape, Landscape, Cityscapes
Style(s): Other, Romantic Landscape - Imaginary landscapes
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“Space is space. I want to be responsive to the world in a rich way. I have nostalgia for surrealist painting—especially the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) whose work informed and inspired the surrealists,” explains Tom Parish whose exhibition of 15 new oil paintings opens on Friday, June 4, at Gruen Galleries, 226 West Superior Street, Chicago.
Parish’s association with Chicago’s Gruen Galleries—formerly the Gilman-Gruen Gallery—began in 1966. And he began showing his work at New York’s Martha Jackson Gallery in 1974.
The Chicago exhibition of 15 new paintings by Parish is evidence of the artist’s discovery of mystery in Venice, according to Franz Schulze in his essay for the show’s catalogue. Parish’s paintings of Venice are a departure from the vedutisti, the historic view painters of the city. Painting in the 21st-century, Parish neither “celebrates nor glorifies it.” Adds Parish, “It’s a matter of scale. I like big paintings—of smaller things, and Venice is the perfect subject for me.”
Combining specificity of scene with a singularly subjective take on the city as metropolis, artifact, tourist destination and environmentally threatened archipelago, Parish’s Venice paintings project both a deeply satisfying painterly order as well as an intriguing psychic uncertainty.
Parish discovers Venice
In 1986, on sabbatical from his teaching duties at Wayne State University, Parish went to Rome. It was his first visit to Italy since 1956, when he was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Deeming the city a treasure for anyone studying architecture but less captivating for a painter, he took the train to Venice and was immediately enthralled. “I got off the train,” he recalls, “and thought, ‘I’m home. I know this right now, I’m home.’”
Since then, Venice has played a key role in Parish’s work. Returning to the city each year, Parish executes photographic studies of its streets, buildings and canals—images from which he later creates large-scale oil paintings. Regarding his approach, Parish explains, “I believe in this thing called psychic distance, that you develop a kind of healthy psychic distance from being immersed in something. So if I’m in Venice, I can’t paint it. I have to paint it by being outside of Venice. That’s just me.”
The precursor of Parish’s Venice paintings are the works he began in the mid-80s that represented an imagined, watery realm Parish christened Zarna. “A whimsical atmosphere permeated this somewhat primitive outpost,” says Parish. “Nineteenth century Holland and Great Britain were my models for empire and maybe a bit of Joseph Conrad’s writing helped me define it.”
For Parish, the fantastical, vaguely surrealist imagery of the Zarna paintings metamorphoses into a poetic, mythic, yet reality-based counterpart in the Venice-inspired canvases.
About the Artist
Born in Hibbing, Minn. and raised there and in southern Wisconsin and Chicago, Tom Parish demonstrated an artistic bent early on, covering the pages of the Sears catalogue with crayon while still in his playpen.
By the time he entered grammar school, he was impressing his teachers with his ability. “Drawing is just walking or breathing to me,” he states. “That’s the way I know who I am.”
His earliest formal notions of art came from Norman Rockwell’s illustrations for Collier’s Magazine. His self-study of art began with the pedagogical works of Frederick Taubes, retrieved from the local library. In teaching himself oil painting, he snapped window shades to a drawing board given him by an uncle who had a commercial art kit from the U.S. Army.
Recognizing his interest and determination, his parents sent him to Saturday morning classes at a portrait painter’s studio in Beloit, Wisc. As a cadet in Northwestern Military and Naval academy on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, Parish was given a faculty apartment to use as a painting studio. There, he worked on canvas boards and sold his efforts to faculty members for $10 each.
After a year at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., he transferred to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Selected by the faculty for a sojourn in Europe, Parish visited Paris and Florence before returning to pursue a graduate degree at the University of North Dakota.
After receiving his MA, he began his teaching career at the Joliet Township High School and College in Illinois. He then taught in St. Louis for three years before joining the faculty of Wayne State University in Detroit, where he remained for more than 35 years.
Reviewing the trajectory of his painting career, Parish recalls the advice of Hobson Pittman, one of his instructors at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. “He said, ‘You must paint the things that you know and love. That is all there is to do.’ We called him Hobbyhorse. But, you know, he was right.”
Thomas Connors interview/ARTSlant Chicago
College of William and Mary Williamsburg, Va.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Penn.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn.
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
BFA & MA
2010, Tom Parish in Venice - Solo at Gruen Galleries, Chicago Illinois, Exhibition Catalog
2009, Tom Parish: Grande Finsestre/Large Windows - Solo show at Scoletta Dell'Arte, Dei Battioro e Tiraoro, Venice Italy, Exhibition Catalog
1993, Tom Parish of Zarna - solo show Wayne State University, Exhibition Catalog
1988, Tom Parish Paintings - Solo Show at Detroit Institute of Art, Exhibition Catalog
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
University of North Dakota/school of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
1956, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Cresson European Traveling Scholarship
1965, Chicago Art Institute, Logan Prize
1993,Awards in the Visual Arts S. E. C. C. A. , one of 10 national regional awards
1993, Tom Parish in Zarna, Richard A. Florsheim Art Funds (catalogue funding)
1988, Detroit Institute of Arts, OMAP Award
1986, Arts Foundation of Michigan, Annual awards — the visual artist
1986, Michigan Concerned Citizens for the Arts annual publication
1970, Oxbow Academy, Saugatuck, Mi., Visiting Artist Grant
1966, Butler Institute of American Art, OH, Purchase Prize
1961, North Dakota Annual University of North Dakota, Purchase Prize
1963, Boston Museum of Art, Boston Printmakers
1964-65, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago and Vicinity Annual
1964-65, Butler Institute of America Art OH,
1977-Brooklyn Museum, New York, Bi-Annual
1957, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Annual Fellowship Exhibition
1967, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Mi, American Painting since the Armory Show
1968, Allan County Museum, OH,American Painting
1969, Krannert Museum University of Illinois, American Painting and Sculpture
1975, Kresge Museum, Michigan State Un., Lansing, Mi., Invention and Innovation
1987, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Art, Michigan Painters
1988, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Mi., Tom Parish Paintings, Solo
1992, Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit Mi., Tom Parish of Zarna, Solo
2004, Scarab Club, Det. Mi., 100 Works from the Wayne State University Collection of Art
2009, Scoletta Dell'Arte Dei Battioro etTiraoro, Venice, Italy, Tom Parish: Grande Finestre/Large Window, Solo
1954-5-6, Philadelphia Print Club, Gallery Shows
1957, Philadelphia Art Alliance
1962, Lewis College, Joliet,Il., American Prints
1973, Martha Jackson Gallery, NY, New Images
1974, Martha Jackson Gallery, NY, Solo, Tom Parish Recent Paintings.
1976, Martha Jackson Gallery, NY, Salute to "76"
1975,1984,2002 Wayne State University, Det., Mi., Tom Parish - Solo
1972, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ont.,Canada,Tom Parish - Solo
1963,66,71,81 Gilman Galleries, Chicago, Ill., Solo Show
1985, 55 Mercer Gallery, NY, Solo Show
1977, 1986, 2009, Detroit Artists Market, Solo Show
1986, Illinois Center Building, Chicago Ill., Inaugural Exhibition, Solo
1988, Sheldon Ross Gallery, Birmingham, Mi., Solo Show
1991, Gilman Gruen Galleries, Chicago, Ill. Solo Show
1979, Lee Hoffman Gallery, Birmingham, Mi., Group Exhibition
1987, Canter-Lemberg Gallery, Birmingham, Mi. Gallery Group
1989, Roger Ramsey Inc., Chicago, Ill., Gallery Group
1999, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, Ill., Solo Show
2001, Delta College, Saginaw, Mi., Solo
2005, Salander O'Rielly Gallery, NY, Save Venice
1999, Marygrove College, Detroit, Mi., Group Show
1989, Buckham Fine Arts Project, Flint, Mi., Environmental Figures
1987, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, Mi., From A-Z
1983, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, Mi., # at 1010 Beaubian
1980, Willis Gallery, Detroit, Mi, Tom & Shirley Parish
1980, Detroit Artists Market, Something to Remember us By
2002,The Detroiter.com, Tom Parish: Paintings selected From Detroit
2009, Venezia.net, Tom Parish: Large Windows
2009, Articao, Tom Parish. Venezia - Scoletta deit Tiraoro e Battioro
2009, Chicago Now. Tom Parish's Venice at Gruen Galleries
2010, Chicago Now, Tom Parish's Venice Paintings at Gruen Galleries
2010, Shore Magazine, Real Surrealist Tom Parish opens at Gruen Gallery in Chicago
2010, New City Art, Review: Tom Parish/Gruen Galleries
2010, Art in America, Tom Parish in Venice
2010, Art in America, Tom Parish
Danielle Luchetta Gallery, Venice, Italy
Guren Galleries, Chicago Illinois
Paul Holoweski, Birmingham, Mi.
Maria Teresa Granata, Venice, Italy
VENEZIA LA VERITA
These paintings come from the heart of a man with an English name even tho his lineage is France and Finland. My heart, however, is in his "Venice"