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Nicole Parker

Thresholds

February 2021

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We See Them At Night  12" x 12"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

We See Them At Night (SOLD)

12" x 12"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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School Yard  18" x 18"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

School Yard

18" x 18"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Untitled  18" x 18"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Untitled

18" x 18"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Brickyard  12" x 24”  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Brickyard

12" x 24”

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Time of No Reply  12" x 24"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Time of No Reply

12" x 24"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Nighttime Drive  24" x 24"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Nighttime Drive (SOLD)

24" x 24"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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The Pink Room (Goodnight Moon)  24" x 24"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

The Pink Room (Goodnight Moon) (SOLD)

24" x 24"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Wee Hours  24" x 24"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Wee Hours (SOLD)

24" x 24"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel 

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E Train  24" x 30"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

E Train (SOLD)

24" x 30"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Little Boxes  24" x 36" Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Little Boxes (SOLD)

24" x 36"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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The Pool Party  30" x 30"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

The Pool Party (SOLD)

30" x 30"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Skaftafell  36" x 36"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Skaftafell (SOLD)

36" x 36"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel 

 

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Each A Glimpse and Gone Forever  48" x 55"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Each A Glimpse and Gone Forever (SOLD)

48" x 55"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Effigy Paper size: 9x11" Frame size:11x13” 3-Plate Aquatint

Effigy
Paper size: 9x11", Frame size:11x13”
3-Plate Aquatint 

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Have A Nice Day Paper size: 15x17"; Frame size:19x21"  Aquatint

Have A Nice Day
Paper size: 15x17"; Frame size:19x21"

Aquatint

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Little Boxes Paper size: 10x10" Frame size:16x16”  4-Plate Aquatint

Little Boxes
Paper size: 10x10"; Frame size:16x16”

4-Plate Aquatint

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Thicket Paper size: 11x11"; Frame size:15x15”  Mezzotint

Thicket
Paper size: 11x11"; Frame size:15x15”

Mezzotint

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We See Them At Night  12" x 12"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

We See Them At Night (SOLD)

12" x 12"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

School Yard  18" x 18"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

School Yard

18" x 18"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Untitled  18" x 18"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Untitled

18" x 18"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Brickyard  12" x 24”  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Brickyard

12" x 24”

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Time of No Reply  12" x 24"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Time of No Reply

12" x 24"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

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Nighttime Drive  24" x 24"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Nighttime Drive (SOLD)

24" x 24"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

The Pink Room (Goodnight Moon)  24" x 24"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

The Pink Room (Goodnight Moon) (SOLD)

24" x 24"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Wee Hours  24" x 24"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Wee Hours (SOLD)

24" x 24"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel 

E Train  24" x 30"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

E Train (SOLD)

24" x 30"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Little Boxes  24" x 36" Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Little Boxes (SOLD)

24" x 36"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

The Pool Party  30" x 30"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

The Pool Party (SOLD)

30" x 30"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Skaftafell  36" x 36"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Skaftafell (SOLD)

36" x 36"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel 

 

Each A Glimpse and Gone Forever  48" x 55"  Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Each A Glimpse and Gone Forever (SOLD)

48" x 55"

Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel

Effigy Paper size: 9x11" Frame size:11x13” 3-Plate Aquatint

Effigy
Paper size: 9x11", Frame size:11x13”
3-Plate Aquatint 

Buy Now

Have A Nice Day Paper size: 15x17"; Frame size:19x21"  Aquatint

Have A Nice Day
Paper size: 15x17"; Frame size:19x21"

Aquatint

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Little Boxes Paper size: 10x10" Frame size:16x16”  4-Plate Aquatint

Little Boxes
Paper size: 10x10"; Frame size:16x16”

4-Plate Aquatint

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Thicket Paper size: 11x11"; Frame size:15x15”  Mezzotint

Thicket
Paper size: 11x11"; Frame size:15x15”

Mezzotint

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“My recent body of work explores the idea of liminality, of being suspended in between, or simultaneously on both sides of a threshold, place, idea, or category.  Many feelings come along with this state of being, including uncertainty, displacement and isolation, but also autonomy and peace.”  

- Nicole Parker

 

Information

Wee Hours, 24" x 24", Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel 

Nicole Parker’s oil paintings depict images that are on the verge of dreaming and wakefulness. The pictures are recognizable yet tend to drift into the uncanny valley – where what one sees looks to be natural and realistic but then morphs into a phantasmagoria of enigmatic imagery. Parker’s worlds contain houses, rooms, and vehicles that allude to a world made for humans, yet there are no people to be found. Rather, these spaces subtly summon the viewer to become the lone inhabitant of each scene.

 

Parker’s paintings are portals that allow a viewer to travel through conceptual thresholds into surrogate realities. One might find herself suspended on a subway ride between two unknown locations, or encountering a quiet scene during a time of day that appears to be both dusk and dawn. Subtle details take on significance such as the mysterious glow behind a window in Wee Hours or the looming shadow in the foreground of Untitled 2 that implies an object is hovering somewhere behind the viewer. In Skaftafell, a small trailer sits quietly in a field. A dog stares back from the darkened windows. In this case, the viewer may be enticed into considering the who, why and where of what is being observed. Or she may simply get carried away into an immersive, hypnotic and utterly alternative experience.

Effigy, Paper size: 9x11", Frame size:11x13”, 3-Plate Aquatint

Effigy, Paper size: 9x11", Frame size:11x13”, 3-Plate Aquatint 

Nicole Parker received her BFA and Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in 2018.  During her time at PAFA, she was a recipient of the Richard C. Von Hess Memorial Travel Scholarship, which allowed her a month of travel in Germany, the United Kingdom and Iceland to explore individual artistic pursuits of her choosing. 

 

Nicole has also enjoyed making work and learning from other artists at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland, where she was previously an Artist in Residence, and is now a Printmaking Associate.  She has exhibited her paintings and prints in numerous group exhibitions along the East Coast, including in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.  She currently lives and practices in Maryland with her partner and their animals, a cat and a rat.

 

Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to host Parker’s first solo exhibition in Philadelphia.

"My experiences and upbringing were eclectic and often culturally ambiguous, which has left me not only with perspective, but also with many questions about my own identity and how to define it.  I often feel like I'm nowhere but also everywhere, like I'm wearing many hats but am always falling just short of an identifiable category." 

Large Image

Each A Glimpse And Gone Forever, 48" x 55", Oil On Linen-Mounted Panel 

"There are literally thresholds like doors and windows in my work right now, which are attractive to me because they mark a visual boundary between two different light or color worlds. I especially like it when the worlds conflict, but find ways to breach one another. I love human spaces like houses, buildings and public transport, and am interested in the 'footprints' and evidence of ourselves that we always manage to leave.  Every place and object is a story or an artifact."

- Nicole Parker