Lucinda Parker creates dynamic paintings inspired by and abstracted from natural forms. As with previous work, her focus remains on the handling of the paint itself: the textures, layers and volumes that create what Parker terms the “muscular boldness” of an image. Always working toward a better, more unexpected fusion of texture, gesture and geometry, Parker strives for a “rhythmic coherence” between the ground and figures in her paintings. This new show includes major new large scale paintings, gouaches which were exploratory studies for A Glade of Many Ages, commissioned by the University of Oregon, as well as studies for Parker’s recently completed commission for the federal courthouse in Bakersfield, California.
Originally, from Boston, Lucinda Parker received a BA jointly from Reed College and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and an MFA from Pratt Institute, New York. Her work has been exhibited at numerous one-person shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationally. The Portland Art Museum honored her with a mid-career retrospective in 1995, and the Boise Art Museum presented a one-person exhibition of her work in 2002. She was also included in the Bonnie Bronson Fellows twenty year retrospective at Lewis and Clark College, Portland. Parker’s work is well collected throughout the Northwest. Major public collections include the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, the Portland Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. Public projects include the Oregon Convention Center, Portland City Hall, and a recently completed commission for the federal courthouse in Bakersfield, California.